Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar


Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Vilas Dhar is an artificial intelligence (AI) policy expert, technology and philanthropic executive, and a champion for equity in a tech-enabled world. He serves as President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st-century $1.5 billion philanthropy advancing AI and data solutions to create a thriving and sustainable future for all.  

A leading voice on equity and optimism in an AI-enabled world, Vilas serves as a United Nations Secretary-General appointee to the UN High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, the US Government Nominated Expert to the Global Partnership on AI, a member of the OECD Expert Working Group on AI Futures, on the Global Future Council on AI at the World Economic Forum, on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), and Expert Contributor to OECD.AI. 

He holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an M.P.A., from the Harvard Kennedy School, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.