Pial Islam left the World Economic Forum in early 2009 to launch pi STRATEGY as its Managing Partner. Within pi STRATEGY, Pial leads all client engagements and business development efforts, as well as manages the day-to-day operations of the Firm. Over the last few years with pi STRATEGY, he has led client engagements spanning education, governance, health, mobile finance, electricity, renewable energy and non-profit sectors.
With the World Economic Forum (WEF), Pial was a Global Leadership Fellow (GLF). His portfolio at the WEF included three diverse areas: defining the emerging digital ecosystem and forecasting the convergence of Technology and Media industries at the global level 10 years and beyond; developing and managing governance frameworks for PPPs in the education sectors in India and Palestine; and studying scalable and inclusive business models at the ‘base of the pyramid’, focusing on Telecom and Finance sectors. As a GLF with the WEF, Pial received leadership and management training specially designed and offered by London School of Economics, INSEAD and Columbia University on topics covering international relations, global finance, power & influence, strategic intuition, and applied innovation.
Pial joined the WEF after graduating with an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was a Mason Fellow. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, an MBA, and a professional designation in management consulting, Certified Management Consultant (CMC), where he ranked among the top-10 management consultants in Canada in the qualifying exam.
Previously, Pial worked as a management consultant for several years with Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, advising clients from private, public and non-profit sectors in North America, Europe and Asia on issues involving strategy, policy, innovation, operations management and international development. Before that, Pial worked as the Assistant Country Manager for MCI, founded an internet start-up and worked as a Manager for a technology venture of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.
Pial has been published in Kennedy School Review, Harvard University, interviewed by magazines and invited to speak at national and international conferences. He also sits on the Board of a non-profit organization that helps unite youth from diverse backgrounds, providing them leadership training, and engaging them in public service oriented projects in Bangladesh.