Vilas Dhar – Amani Institute

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Vilas Dhar

Founder, Next Mile Project and Harvard Social Change Fellow

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Vilas Dhar is a social impact investor, entrepreneur, and adviser to governments and businesses, known for his novel work connecting private capital and public good at individual and systemic levels. Vilas’s career has included founding a recognized socially conscious law firm, investing in high impact ventures, advising governments on digital services, entrepreneurship, and innovation programs, and creating the Next Mile Project, a first of its kind nonprofit incubator in Boston, Massachusetts leveraging private sector expertise for public sector impact.

He has served as the Gleitsman Fellow in Leadership in Social Change at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of Barristers, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois, where he was named University Chancellor’s Scholar.