A Conversation with Rockefeller Foundation’s Rajiv Shah

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Conversation with Rockefeller Foundation’s Rajiv Shah

Rajiv Shah took the helm of the Rockefeller Foundation in March 2017. He recently visited the offices of SSIR, where senior editor David Johnson asked him about his work leading the more than 100-year-old foundation with more than $4.2 billion in assets, the role of philanthropy in times of austerity, and the new initiatives that Rockefeller is undertaking both domestically and abroad.

Before joining Rockefeller, Shah was head of the USAID under President Obama, where he reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations by elevating the importance of innovation, promoting public-private partnerships, and shifting how dollars were spent to generate greater impact. Shah, a physician, also spent close to a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...

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