Dritan Nesho is Director of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft, where he leads the development of Microsoft Pulse, a leading online voting, audience engagement, and real-time research platform with applications across campaigns, causes, commerce, and the education space. Dritan is a co-founder of Microsoft Pulse, previously named Bing Pulse, helping architect the product and overseeing its evolution from pilot program into a globally available self-service platform.
Previously, Dritan was a Director of Corporate Strategy and Special Projects at Microsoft, where he was responsible for solving core consumer and corporate strategy issues and managed the launch of new, high-value products. As part of this role Dritan advised the chief advertising and strategy officers of Microsoft and helped drive implementation of several business programs including incubating Microsoft’s Campaigns Technology and Services ecosystem; creating cross-product media partnerships with CNN, MSNBC and FOX; and leading cross-company audience marketing studies for Microsoft’s Advertising and Strategy Group and Bing Search Business Group.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dritan served as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Penn Schoen Berland and Burson-Marsteller, Director of Burson-Marsteller’s global political and public policy specialty practice, and was a Campaign Manager within Penn Schoen Berland’s international political team where he served as a pollster and advisor to several presidential and national campaigns around the globe.
Dritan lectures on political polling and opinion research at Harvard University (2014-2016) and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (2015). He graduated from Harvard University with honors in Government and Economics. During his time at Harvard Dritan served as research assistant to the late political theorist, Samuel P. Huntington.