Kartik Saboo


A public policy professional with a strong background in leveraging institutions, innovation, and technology for societal good across various scales and complexities. I possess over seven years of professional work experience with Governments, Multilateral Institutions, Startups, Philanthropy, and Civil Society Organizations.

Academically, I have specialized in Public Policy, Computer Sciences, Environmental and Energy Sciences, and Law. Professionally, I have focused on various aspects of systems, governance, technology, data, and behaviour across my experiences.

Originally from Nagpur in India, I have had the privilege to live, travel, learn, and absorb across various parts of the world, often frugally and with locals. I have learned tremendously from immersing myself in experiences and meeting diverse people. I like to ask, listen, explore, share stories, photograph, and, when muddled, write.

Professional Trysts

  • June 2021 - Present

    The World Bank

    Governance Consultant

    Produced knowledge products and co-led implementation of governance reform initiatives in justice service delivery. Drafted several policy notes, created and supervised data products, operationalised pilots, curated partnerships, and published insights, with a special focus on fragile, conflict, and violence (FCV) affected countries.

  • August 2022 - July 2023

    MacArthur Foundation

    Fellow - Data and Strategy

    Enhanced LFC‘s social impact strategy by developing several data-led solutions, tools, and producing insights. Envisaged and co-led the development of a greenfield philanthropic platform in partnership with MIT and leading philanthropic organizations.

  • December 2021 - April 2022

    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Government of Illinois

    Policy Manager, Consulting

    Delivered a strategic roadmap to the State Government's planning body for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Chicago metropolitan region with a diverse team of five; co-analyzed data, legislation, case-studies, microeconomics; drafted and submitted official policy memo, presented findings to government.

  • Septmber 2020 - June 2022

    University of Chicago (Graduate Academic Year Positions)

    Public Policy, Research

    • Policy Fellow to the Office of the Mayor, City of Birmingham
    • Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant for ‘Artificial Intelligence for Modern Policy' with Prof. Anita Nikolich
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant for ‘Foundations of Social Entrepreneurship' with Prof. Will Gossin
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant for ‘Qualitative Inquiry and Research' with Prof. Shantá Robinson.
  • September 2020 - January 2021

    NITI Aayog, Government of India

    Policy and Research Manager, Consulting

    Co-devised a draft national strategy for Immersive Technologies (AR, VR, XR) guiding government, industry, academia, and ecosystem.

  • July 2018 - September 2020

    Government of Maharashtra

    Management Consultant

    Maharashtra State Innovation Society
    Drove several policy initiatives, implementation design, executive action, partnerships, and strategy aimed at achieving the objectives of the State Government’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship policy, enabling an innovation-led entrepreneurship ecosystem in Maharashtra.

    Chief Minister's Office
    As an awardee of the prestigious Chief Minister's Fellowship Program, envisaged, consulted, and drafted key Technology Policy and Governance Innovation initiatives with the Chief Minister’s Office and Maharashtra Government’s Cyber Security nodal agency.

  • December 2017 - April 2018

    Government of New Delhi

    Public Policy Researcher Analyst

    Analyzed various government initiatives & drafted policy briefs informing legislation with Research and Policy unit of the Government.

  • June 2016 - July 2017

    GovTech and Digital Solutions Startup

    Co-founder, Full-stack Developer

    Successfully led and delivered digital solutions to several reputed clientele across the public and private sector with a team of five.

  • July 2012 - June 2016

    Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (College Academic Year Positions)

    Full-stack Software Developer

    • Project Associate with Persistent Systems Ltd.
    • Co-developed several client-facing applications with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    • Co-led two independent product startup ventures in CivicTech and Service Delivery respectively.