Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar is a social impact investor, attorney, 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.  At the philanthropically supported Next Mile Project, nonprofits receive access to best of class services including professional workspace, back office support, preferred funding opportunities, and strategic and communications resources to support and scale their impact – leveraging private sector expertise for the public welfare.

He is currently the Gleitsman Fellow in Leadership in Social Change at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, and has previously served as 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.

Vilas speaks and writes on impact investing, millennial leadership, and social change, and has addressed audiences on five continents, including lectures/panels at the White House, the United Nations, and Capitol Hill, and has been profiled/published in publications ranging from Forbes Magazine to the Harvard Business Review.


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