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Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Civil Society
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Pukar Malla is investigating and piloting leadership and innovation frameworks for young leaders to accelerate change in developing countries. His research will explore principles of public narrative, adaptive leadership and community organizing in preparing models for youth to lead innovations in their social, cultural and political contexts.
He has been leading a parallel career as a community organizer and an innovation specialist. As Senior Innovation Policy Consultant at the World Bank, he has supported governments in India, China, and Ghana to promote innovation-driven inclusive growth. As a Co-Founder of Nepal Ko Yuwa, global Nepali youth movement, he has been organizing Nepali youth to lead change in areas of public policy, civil society and entrepreneurship through initiatives such as Walk for Nepal and Dayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship. In his previous high-tech career, he led engineering design at Intel, AMD, Silicon Graphics and a Silicon Valley start-up.
He received his Bachelors from Swarthmore College with focus on engineering and economics. He spent 3 years at Cornell, where he attained MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Business Management. He earned his MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School and during this time, served the Harvard Graduate Council, the university-wide student government, as its elected President.