Amar Ashar is the Berkman Center's General Manager of Special Initiatives. He joined the Berkman Center staff in 2007 and leads the development of various strategic efforts at the Center. He currently helps to build the Berkman network through events and programs, communications, and select projects including Media Cloud, the Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers, the Mindsports Research Network, and other initiatives to facilitate institutional innovation.
Outside of the Berkman Center, he is currently an MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, serves on the Board of Advisors for WZBC 90.3 FM (one of the first radio stations in the nation to webcast online), and is a member of the Sandbox Network. He previously served as a technology and development consultant for the social entrepreneurship organization Sparkseed, a teaching assistant for the Virtual Worlds course at the Harvard Extension School, an intern at the Software Freedom Law Center, and was a StartingBloc Fellow for social innovation in 2009. Amar graduated with a degree in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College.