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Neha Desai Shah
President & Co-Founder, GEP Worldwide
Henry Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute

President & Co-Founder, GEP Worldwide

Neha Desai Shah

Panel: She Innovates: Talks with Female Founders

As president and co-founder, Neha Shah has been a pivotal force in developing GEP from its early  beginnings into a globally recognized leader in digital supply chain and procurement transformation. A  purpose-driven entrepreneur and executive, Neha steers the company's growth strategies, forging and  managing strategic relationships at the C-level with clients and spearheading complex transformation  engagements.  

A constant source of innovation and inspiration, Neha is the key driver of GEP’s sustainability, DEI and  social initiatives strategies. The company under her guidance prioritizes talent, emphasizing engagement  and connecting employees to a higher purpose. 

Throughout her career, Neha has been recognized for her leadership and dedication. Among her recent  recognitions, Neha received the Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Women in Supply Chain award, ISM  Women & Leadership Diamond Award and TiE Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2022, Neha was  named a prestigious Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen  Institute. 

In 2023, Neha's innovative spirit and dynamic leadership were further recognized as she was named  Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for New Jersey. This award celebrates those visionaries who  are leading successful, ambitious businesses. 

Neha’s work as a liaison between non-profit organizations, the public sector and corporations is  testament to her dedication to human rights. Her role includes raising awareness, inspiring others and  providing actionable steps to combat child labor and other related human rights abuses in global supply  chains. She is currently the Vice-Chair of Pratham USA, a leading global education non-profit, working  closely with other board leaders on governance, brand and marketing, and acting as an ambassador for  Pratham's work across India, and its expansion into Africa and Latin America. 

She is also an advisory board member of Sakhi for South Asian Women — an organization committed to  supporting survivors of gender-based violence. And she advises the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s  Foundation, supporting their efforts to eliminate child labor in supply chains worldwide. Recently, Neha  and Satyarthi led a discussion on this topic at the World Procurement Congress 2023. 

In the past, Neha advised the founders of Princeton Choose, an initiative that focuses on racial literacy  and understanding. She is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. 

She is an art and music enthusiast and serves as a Board Member of McCarter Theatre in New Jersey. 

Neha earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania's College of  Arts and Sciences. She also received a Bachelor of Science in economics and an MBA in entrepreneurial  management from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. All her degrees were  granted with highest honors and distinctions. 

Neha resides in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, Dr. Shalin Shah, and their three children.


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