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Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar is president and trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st century philanthropy advancing AI and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. A leading voice on equity in a tech-enabled world, Vilas champions individuals and communities as architects, decision makers, and primary stakeholders in shaping our digital future. A trained computer scientist, lawyer, and philanthropist, Vilas serves as an expert contributor to OECD.AI, co-chair of the Global AI Action Alliance at the World Economic Forum, advisor to MIT SOLVE, director of the Network of Engaged International Donors, and as a trustee of the Christensen Fund. He has previously served as a senior fellow of the Berggruen Institute, the Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change at Harvard University, a practitioner resident on artificial intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Illinois. Vilas holds a JD from NYU School of Law, a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and dual bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois.