Shamik Desai


Shamik Desai grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied economics at Stanford University (with a term at Oxford).  He then worked as a banker at various institutions—Morgan Stanley in New York, Cisco Systems in the Silicon Valley, and the World Bank in Washington, DC—which gave him a window into the distortions in the prevailing worldview.  Following this, he pursued a master’s degree in international public policy (with a focus on political philosophy) at Johns Hopkins and spent some years writing a satirical-philosophical novel.  His book inspired a social giving app, which encouraged and measured people’s giving attitudes.  He lives between California and Italy.