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Shalini Unnikrishnan



Shalini Unnikrishnan is a core member of the Social Impact, Global Advantage, Health Care, and Public Sector practices at The Boston Consulting Group.

Shalini focuses on social impact work at BCG, and she has worked on projects in global health and development. Her projects range from supporting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on the ground in West Africa during the Ebola crisis to developing a public-private partnership for a large consumer company in support of economic development for an agricultural belt in India.

Shalini has taken leaves of absences from BCG (2009-10, 2012) to serve with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). She was embedded within President Kagame's government in Rwanda to support private-sector development, and she was a day-to-day advisor to President Banda in Malawi. Shalini now serves on Mr. Blair's AGI US Board of Directors.

Shalini is a recent Presidential Leadership Scholar, a collaboration effort led by US Presidents Clinton and Bush. Prior to joining BCG, she was an analyst with McKinsey & Company and an operations director with Core Concept, a health care technology start-up.

Areas of Expertise

  • Humanitarian emergencies and pandemics
  • Strategy and scenario planning
  • Social value and public private partnerships
  • Economic development


  • MBA, health care management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, international relations, Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • BA, economics and sociology, Davidson College

Honors and Awards

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