Rajiv Shah

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Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan, London School of Economics, European Institute of Business Administration, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
SpouseShivam Mallick Shah
Member ofAtlantic Council/Board, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, International Rescue Committee/Directors and Overseers, Lancet/COVID-19 Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, The Commons Project, The Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican, Trilateral Commission, WEF/Young Global Leaders 2007

Rajiv Shah was employed at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for seven years before he started working for the government (USAID), before then moving on to the Rockefeller Foundation.

Gates Foundation

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he had several leadership roles, including Director of Agricultural Development, Director of Strategic Opportunities, Deputy Director of Policy and Finance and Chief Economist. During his time at Gates, he led the launch of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an alliance with the Rockefeller Foundation that grandly promised to address the specific environmental and agricultural needs of African farmers, but which later studies found had a dramatic negative impact on the small-scale African food producers it was supposed to help.[1].

Shah was also responsible for developing the International Finance Facility for Immunization, which raised more than $5 billion for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

He stated that Patty Stonesifer, former chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of his most important mentors.[2]

Pandemic Planning

In 2015, Shah was one of six global leaders appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to review the world's capacity to prepare for and respond to global pandemic threats, as part of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

On January 7, 2010, he became Administrator of USAID, an organization with a stated goal of development, but which in reality is a US economic and political foreign policy tool with long-standing ties to the intelligence services.

On his watch, USAID was involved in the work after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that destroyed the capital and killed more than 200,000 people.

Throughout his tenure, Shah led the U.S. Government's involvement in the response to major crises and natural disasters including the famine in the Horn of Africa.

In 2014, Shah led the U.S. response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

In addition to overseeing America's response to international crises and humanitarian assistance, Shah worked to change how USAID conducted business. He promoted a new model of development based on handing more public money to the private sector.