Anjali Sastry

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

In the classroom and the field, Anjali Sastry applies systems thinking, action research, and business model analysis to complex social challenges, focusing on the enterprise. Since joining the MIT faculty in 2001, she has worked on close to 100 innovation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in direct collaboration with entrepreneurs, managers, and front-line staff, and continues to explore new ways to collaborate with student startups, managers, and fellow educators. Having recently spent a residency with Tata Trusts in India to spur innovation and systems thinking, her current roles include faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Boards of Directors of global NGO Management Sciences for Health, evidence-based education nonprofit ResearchILD, the Medical Advisory Board of global surgical charity Wonderwork, and the Governing Body of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. Practical insights from her work are distilled in the popular press and her most recent book, “Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner.”