Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (2010-2015); Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2009-2010); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2001-2009)
Dr. Rajiv Shah has been a tireless and dedicated leader, committed to advancing the missions of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Rajiv Shah has been a tireless and dedicated leader, committed to advancing the missions of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture. Serving alongside some of the most innovative leaders in the world, navigating major natural disasters and man-made crises, Dr. Shah has successfully delivered results and lived up to USAID’s goal of partnering to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity. From developing infrastructure to igniting power in Africa, to empowering people around the world with skills and opportunities, Dr. Shah has reshaped and re-envisioned a government agency to tackle even the most intractable challenges.
From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Rajiv Shah led the efforts of nearly 10,000 staff in more than 70 countries around the world as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under his leadership, Dr. Shah elevated the importance of partnering with and financing the private sector, advocating for infrastructure development, incubating technology solutions and science, and restructuring how USAID delivered its assistance to solve the world’s most intractable development challenges. From extending mobile networks in West Africa to improve real-time data collection for the Ebola response, to creating the Tropical Forest Alliance with Unilever, P&G and other major consumer product firms, to accelerating the use of mobile banking in emerging markets, Dr. Shah demonstrated his leadership, passion and remarkable skills garnering support from both sides of the aisle in Congress. Having been at the forefront of worldwide emergency and crisis management, Dr. Shah understands what is required to take risks, act decisively, make sacrifices and confront injustice, while uniting constituencies to recognize the importance of his agency’s success for American global leadership.
Currently, Dr. Shah leads cutting-edge work as president of The Rockefeller Foundation, a global leader of innovative philanthropy at the forefront of providing solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Previously, Dr. Shah served as under secretary of agriculture for research, education and economics and was chief scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture. He also spent 8 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at its inception, where he led efforts in global health, agriculture and financial services. Drawing from vast experiences, he shares captivating stories, insider perspectives and personal anecdotes with every audience. Attendees will better understand leadership in crisis situations, the hot-button issues impacting the global risks and opportunities of emerging markets, financial services and health care, and receive practical insights on disaster response, the future of technology innovation and leadership in business transformation.
Distinguished Speakers Series with Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
Special Address: Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation
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Distinguished Speakers Series with Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
Rajiv Shah’s Speech Topics
Risk and Opportunity: Energy, Agriculture, Finance and Emerging Markets
As administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah worked to launch major initiatives in an effort to refocus America’s global partnerships. Previously, Dr. Shah served in leadership positions at the United States Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his capacity at USAID, Dr. Shah led efforts in campaigns including Feed the Future, Power Africa, the Private Capital Group for Development and the Better Than Cash Alliance to harness the expertise of the world’s brightest scientists, students and entrepreneurs. He forged strategic relationships by bringing together private investors, multinational corporations and local entrepreneurs to improve services and drive investments globally. By rebuilding scientific partnerships, mobilizing global partners and leveraging more than $10 billion from 200 companies, the organization achieved the most significant reforms in food aid in 60 years. Dr. Shah recently launched similar efforts in India, gaining experience overseeing major power projects in Afghanistan and other frontier markets. During his tenure at USDA, Dr. Shah also led efforts to contribute to the U.S. government’s biofuels strategy, which focused on transitioning to second- and third-generation biofuels. Audiences will receive unmatched, practical insights as Dr. Shah explores topics such as the management of risks and opportunities in emerging markets today, innovative financial structure and the latest advancements in science and technology as they relate to the growth of their industry.
The Future of the Global Health Care Market
USAID runs the world’s largest global health program, spending more than $5 billion a year in more than 30 countries around the world to address disease and bring new health technologies to large populations of lower-income families. As administrator of this organization, Dr. Rajiv Shah led an effort with public and private sector leaders to transform this portfolio into a focused effort to maximize the reduction of preventable child and maternal deaths. During his tenure at the Gates Foundation, Dr. Shah helped to create the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations and develop the International Finance Facility for Immunization. In each of these professional capacities, Dr. Shah worked to create product development partnerships and has developed a strong network of partners in government, corporate leadership, regulatory agencies and academia. Additionally drawing on his experiences to accelerate the global development and introduction of these products in markets around the world, he shares with audiences unique, thought-provoking views on how to develop, introduce and accelerate the rate of progress of new technologies in a global health care market in an increasingly complex world.
Innovation and Success: Leading Business Transformation and Crisis Management
Dr. Rajiv Shah surprised the world in his success with the transformation of the world’s largest global health program, the United States Agency for International Development. By advancing a new model of development that harnesses the power of business and innovation, he helped to reenergize the agency and elevate its work as part of America’s national security agenda. As USAID administrator, Dr. Shah also managed the U.S. government’s response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince and co-chaired the State Department’s first-ever review of American diplomacy and development operations. He earned bipartisan support creating a new platform to engage science and technology, and coupled with years of exceptional experience in leadership positions at both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Shah brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and unique perceptions to his presentations. Audience members learn how a willingness to take risks, make sacrifices and confront injustice can coordinate the full capabilities of an organization, and how science and technology, crisis management and strategic investments play a significant role in these endeavors.