Prachi Vakharia

Advisor — Safety & Alliances , SafeAI

Prachi Vakharia

Prachi V. works on autonomous vehicles safety standards, digital and shared mobility projects, and electric mobility services and infrastructure. Today she leads the implementation of AI/ML technologies at the MBTA, and also support safety protocols for SafeAI. Previously, she led product and innovation at AES, a Fortune 100 energy firm, in the E-Mobility division and also developed EV standards for Workplaces and Fleets at Forth. Prior to that, Prachi worked with the World Bank on urban transport projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In addition to her work, Prachi mentors and invests in transportation startups — 3 of those startups were acquired by Daimler AG for $100 million in 2014. Prachi chairs committees for the US National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board, and was approached by SAE in 2017 to serve as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE to create new global standards, definitions, and business models for industry, governments, regulators, and academia.

Beyond work, Prachi co-founded WOMANIUM - one of the most unique Science+Entrepreneurship organisations in USA that has worked with NASA, ARPA-E, NIH, Industries, etc. for women’s advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Industrial Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing), Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety.​