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Komal Bazaz Smith

DAI
Director of Learning & Adaptive Management
Komal Bazaz Smith works at the nexus between social impact, strategy and community engagement. She is passionate about using evidence, stories and real-time feedback to continuously improve our ability to support social innovators and initiatives. Komal has almost 20 years of multi-sectoral experience advising clients including global Fortune 500 corporations, philanthropic organizations, social entrepreneurs, research institutions/ universities, and government agencies in the U.S. and globally. She has led strategic consulting projects for R4D, Arabella Philanthropic Advisors, Booz Allen and Accenture, and co-founded the non-profit Kashmiri Institute, focused on creating partnerships and building language and cultural awareness in the diaspora community. Today, she is the Director of Learning & Adaptive Management at Development Alternative, Inc., supporting USAID’s Global Development Lab. Ms. Bazaz Smith holds an M.Sc. in International Commerce & Finance, and an honors International Business Diplomacy certificate from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. Comparative Area Studies, Spanish, and Markets & Management degree from Duke University.