Born in Hyderabad, India, but raised mostly in the Houston, Texas area, Shashank graduated from Cornell University in 2019. Although always avid about animals, he became truly passionate about international biodiversity conservation and wildlife law while interning for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. Before matriculating at Harvard, Shashank worked at the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme, and Elephants in Japan. This summer, he was a Chayes International Public Service Fellow at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, focusing on global treaty implementation and initiatives to curtail the trafficking of endangered species. When not snorkeling, watching anime, prognosticating elections, or eating Thai food, he also serves on the boards of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the International Law Journal.