Piyush Tantia

Co-Executive Director, ideas42

Piyush is co-Executive Director at ideas42. Since joining ideas42 in 2009 he has worked closely with leading academics from Harvard, MIT and Princeton to design and implement solutions in various areas including household finance, education, international development, poverty, criminal justice and healthcare. Along with ideas42’s co-founders, he transitioned the organization from a research initiative at Harvard University to an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Prior to joining ideas42, Piyush was a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail Banking and Finance & Risk practices. During his 14 years at Oliver Wyman, he advised clients in a vast array of retail financial services businesses including consumer lending, deposits, microfinance, and serving the unbanked and underbanked.

Piyush has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School and frequently lectures at Harvard, Wharton and Columbia. Piyush has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior and the board of the MIX. He is on the executive committee for Innovation for Poverty Action’s Financial Capability Research Fund. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a B.S.Econ from the Wharton School and a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Authored Content

  • Jul 26 2016
    Blog Post More in Common Than You Think: Innovators from Diverse Fields Address Global Challenges   At first glance, an artist seeking to break stereotypes about hip-hop culture by analyzing rap lyrics may not have much in common with a researcher preparing mental health workers to support developing countries after a disaster. And maybe it’s not immediately obvious what a cartoonist crafting a graphic novel version of the Kenyan constitution […] Piyush Tantia