Fareena Contractor

Director, International Innovation

Walmart

Part of the team that developed the H1N1 vaccine, Fareena is a former molecular geneticist who left the lab to explore opportunities in business. 

Fareena graduated with an MBA from the University of Toronto where she focused on Design Thinking and Strategy. She found her calling in business innovation and today, Fareena leads the International Innovation team at Walmart. The team’s mission is to identify and test emerging tech that solves meaningful business problems. Previously, she led large scale tech projects in Canada such as online grocery, ML forecasting in logistics, next generation Wi-Fi and in-store applications.  

Fareena also founded and continues to lead the Walmart Innovation Community (WIC), a grassroots organization which has since been adopted internationally.

 When she’s not working, you can probably find her on a silent meditation retreat or backpacking overseas.