Shah is the Chief Executive Officer of SafeRock and serves as advisory of Fortune 500 enterprises and investment groups in North America, Europe, and Asia on strategy and digital transformation for consumer, industrial, and energy sectors. Shah is an Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School and a judge for the MacArthur Foundation’s competition for bold solutions to critical social problems. He is a Co-Founder of the non-profit ‘Friends of Yale from Industry’, and has served at Yale University on the Alumni Board of Governors and the Graduate School Advisory board. He serves on Industry and advisory committees at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Penn State University, and the University of North Texas. He is on the Board of Directors of Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) that accelerates diverse STEM talent leadership for business, science and technology.

Shah speaks at global conferences and contributes to publications in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. He has been invited as a Keynote or Guest Speaker at the International Energy Forum (IEF), Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), and World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) on Energy Transition, Artificial Intelligence, and Climate Change. He was interviewed by Forbes on Leadership and Culture. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed and industry publications. He was selected as a Digital Transformation Thought Leader by IRI and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He served as 2023 co-chair with NASA, CME and the American Chemical Society on material science, sustainability, and space exploration.

Shah Karim

Board of Governors emeritus, YALE University; CEO, SafeRock


Day 4 | 6 December 2023 | Keynote session: Transforming the Industry: The role of AI in Chemistry