Director, CIA (2011-2012); Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Partner, KKR
- Innovation and Technology
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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.
Rajiv Shah, M.D.'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
Innovation and Success: Leading Business Transformation and Crisis Management
Distinguished Speakers Series with Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
A conversation on Affordable and Clean Energy for All with Rajiv Shah
Special Address: Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation