Neil Desai is an international development expert, academic and tech executive. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Development (Canada). He led a team providing strategic advice on policy, communications, grants totalling $3-billion annually, stakeholder and parliamentary affairs to the Minister on Canada’s international development portfolio and other Government of Canada priorities.
Desai currently serves as Director, Corporate Affairs with Magnet Forensics, a provider of tools that police and security agencies around the world use to recover, analyze and report on digital evidence in investigations of human trafficking, child exploitation, fraud and terrorism. He is a Fellow with the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Desai holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree with honours from Carleton University.