Nirav Desai is a Chief Technologist in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Seattle office. He has over 15 years’ experience in the technology industry supporting start-ups, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies looking to leverage data to transform strategy into action. He has been with Booz Allen since 2004 before which he worked with several start-ups in the data analytics and content spaces in Washington, DC and Austin, TX.
In his current role at Booz Allen, Nirav supports a strategic investment aimed at identifying innovators and disruptive technologies and connecting these technologies with enterprise customer needs. Booz Allen has identified eight innovation economies that it seeks to engage with, contribute to, and support. Specifically, as the federal government engages the innovation economies at a very early stage (SBIRs, research grants, etc.) and late in commercialization of a technology; this investment seeks to help the government commercialize research sooner and seeks to reduce barriers to entry for start-ups seeking to sell to the government, and thus bridging the technology valley of death. Nirav serves as the lead for this initiative on the West Coast with particular emphasis on Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego. In this capacity, he manages a team of 50 software developers and data scientist supporting clients and helping to embed emerging technologies into solutions for federal and enterprise customers.
Nirav has contributed to and led multi-million project as an individual performer, as a technical manager, and as a strategist. Through his career, he has supported clients in the defense, national security, global health, technology, civil, non-profit, and financial sectors. Additionally, Nirav contributes back to his community through being a Civic Council member for the University of Washington Masters of Arts in Applied International Studies and as a Startup Mentor for Techstars Seattle.
Nirav earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.