Anjali Sastry


Anjali Sastry
Member since:
09 Dec, 2008


Anjali Sastry is senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2001, having taught at the University of Michigan and worked at both Bain and Company and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Over the years, she has taught organizational behavior and system dynamics and tried her hand at lots of experiments in teaching. With Kara Penn, she distilled the resulting insights for project teams in “Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner” (HBS Press, 2014; see

Applying management approaches to improve medical and prevention services in low-resource settings has taught her much about the value of systems thinking and business-based approaches in the field. GlobalHealth Lab, which she founded in 2007, has conducted 70 projects with front-line enterprises serving low-income patients in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her Groundwork Initiative for Global Health (see also examines innovation in business models for healthcare delivery in frontier markets.

Anjali’s undergrad degrees in Physics and Russian and PhD in management are from MIT. She is a Member of the Board of Management Sciences for Health and advises or collaborates with many organizations--including WonderWork, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cape Town, and MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design.

Anjali's first book, coauthored with Blaise Aguirre, is "Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice for Helping Your Family."

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Academic


  • Global Health Delivery Project
  • MIT Sloan School of Management

Work Location(s)

  • United States


  • English