My Mission In every aspect of what I do I bring creativity, strategy, common sense and Dharma to inspire, build brands, and enrich communities. I thrive off helping those around me reach their potential and succeed – whether it be with the brands I serve at MSD, the people who benefit from our programming at The Desai Foundation, or by simply connecting my friends. I believe there is beauty and greatness in all of us.
Desai Foundation empowers women and children through community programs to elevate health and livelihood in the US and India.
Megha Desai runs two organizations aiming to make a positive change in the world. She is the founder of MSD and the President of the Desai Foundation. The Desai Foundation empowers women and children through community programming to elevate health & livelihood in the US and India. MSD is a marketing company for impact and emerging brands in New York City. She helps shape and grow brands + for-purpose organizations that are helping to change the world.
Megha earned her experience after more than ten years at some of the best communications firms in the world, including Bartle Bogle Hegarty NY, Wieden + Kennedy NY, OgilvyEntertainment, and Anomaly. Her experiences with these communications powerhouses have given her the opportunity to help shape brands like Unilever's Axe Bodyspray, ING DIRECT, Coca-Cola products, Cantor Fitzgerald and HP. Her campaigns have been awarded five Cannes Lions, along with several other prestigious awards.
In tandem with her professional career, Megha has been a persistently devoted public servant, offering her time and service to several start-up and non-profit organizations, young leaders, and cultural organizations. The Desai Foundation focuses on sustainable development, with programs spanning from vocational classes, health camps, community volunteer outreach, and sanitary napkin programs. The organization, to date, has impacted 330,000 lives in Gujarat, India, Metro-Boston, and Harlem, New York. Megha has advised many impact brands, helping to connect them with their voice, strategic partners, and influencers.
Megha currently sits on the advisory boards of several start-ups and non-profits, including NPR’s Generation Listen. She is something of a curator of people, content and experiences. Megha holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University. Raised in Boston, Megha channels her New England upbringing as an avid skier and Patriots fan. Megha practices American and semi-classical Indian singing. She is also a contributor to Fast Company, The Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine- and a huge fan of podcasts.
Cannes Lions, ONE Show Entertainment Pencil, Jay Chiat Award, Columbia University’s King’s Crown Leadership Awards
Summit Series, United Nations Foundation Council, Nexus Global Youth Summit, TiE Boston, The Impact Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, South Asians in Marketing, Media + Entertainment Association (SAMMA), Columbia’s Community Impact, NPR Generation Listen, SPARK Camp: Giving, Mashable Social Good, Civic Nation, United State of Women
Megha Desai has spoken at many conferences, schools and companies about social impact, the intersection of branding and impact, injecting social good into the DNA of your company, community development and India. She is the spokesperson for the Desai Foundation.
To book Megha to speak at your conference or company please email email@example.com. 100% of proceeds from any speaking fees go directly to the the Desai Foundation.