Dr. Maya Shankar is an internationally recognized authority on how to use insights about human behavior to improve people’s decision making. She has unparalleled experience designing public policies that are more effective, less costly, and that serve citizens better. She founded and was Chair of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) under President Obama and was the first-ever Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations.
Maya currently serves as Google’s Global Director of Behavioral Economics. She and her team collaborate with product teams across Google to integrate insights from behavioral science into the design of Google’s products and marketing efforts, in order to bring more value to Google’s users. Maya is also a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music’s pre-college program and was a private violin student of Itzhak Perlman. She has a PhD from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.