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Samir Desai

Samir Desai

Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development , Northwestern University
Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Biography

Samir Desai is the Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development for Northwestern University. This means he is responsible for developing the skills and capabilities of Northwestern staff and faculty through high impact learning programs, performance management, organizational development, and leadership development as all levels.

Samir Desai joined Northwestern University in 2015 after 25 years working in industry. His career spanned systems consulting, project management, learning design and development, technology-enabled learning, learning and leadership development, and talent management. Before joining Northwestern, he was the Managing Director for Talent Development at Accenture, responsible for the onboarding, learning, performance management, and career development of over 300K employees worldwide. He is also the co-author of Return on Learning, Accenture’s re-invention of learning aligned with their business strategy.

Samir has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, which was a cross-discipline program with cognitive science and education, working at the forefront of using artificial intelligence for adult learning. Samir is a Wildcat through and through, and his favorite color, by chance or fate, is purple.


Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
BS, Electrical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MS, Computer Science Northwestern University


Last Updated: 2017-07-18 09:39:14