Jay Chaudhuri joined MSF-USA as the director of systems in 2019. He is responsible for the technology portfolio, ensuring that the organization’s operations and infrastructure are set up to achieve MSF-USA's strategic vision. This includes oversight of digital transformation, product and innovation, as well as infrastructure and support services.
Jay has more than 15 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, working at the intersection of development and humanitarian practice and leveraging data in multiple contexts. Starting in Chennai, India, he supported large-scale evaluations of government social programs for the Institute for Financial Management and Research. He later worked with UNICEF, providing technical assistance for a project focused on real-time monitoring for the most vulnerable. The project used mobile data and emerging technologies in seven countries. With Concern Worldwide in Kenya, Jay led the development of a large-scale monitoring framework and indicators for slow-onset emergencies in urban informal settlements. These were adopted and mainstreamed by the government and humanitarian actors. Jay shared the findings from this initiative at various international forums, such as the World Humanitarian Summit and the World Urban Forum. Returning to New York, Jay spearheaded the design and launch of UNICEF’s new global evaluation platform for over 190 countries.
Jay is passionate about how nongovernmental organizations can leverage data and technology for evidence-based decision making. He is enthusiastic about open-source data, specifically the R language and its ecosystem. Jay did his undergraduate studies in finance and information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, and completed graduate studies in international development at Cornell University. He is fluent in Bengali.