Dr. Shah serves as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. The Foundation applies data, science, and innovation to improve health for women and children, create nutritious and sustainable food systems, end energy poverty for more than a billion people worldwide, and enable meaningful economic mobility in the United States and around the world.
In 2009, he was appointed USAID Administrator by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Shah reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations in more than 70 countries around the world by elevating the role of innovation, creating high impact public-private partnerships, and focusing US investments to deliver stronger results. Shah secured bipartisan support that included the passage of two significant laws – the Global Food Security Act and the Electrify Africa Act. He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake and the West African Ebola pandemic, served on the National Security Council, and elevated the role of development as part of our nation’s foreign policy. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Shah founded Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia and served as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University. Previously, he served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he created the International Financing Facility for Immunization which helped reshape the global vaccine industry and save millions of lives.
Raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. He has received several honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the U.S. Global Leadership Award. He is married to Shivam Mallick Shah and they have three children.
May 24 2020Blog Post Honoring Fallen Heroes This Memorial Day Weekend Every year on Memorial Day, we honor and remember America’s fallen heroes – the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform. We rededicate ourselves to the common democracy and community for which they gave their lives, so that this nation and its people might live. And we are […] Dr. Rajiv J. Shah Jan 28 2020Blog Post A Data Revolution for All It has now been almost two decades since the original launch of DATA.org, a non-profit that marshaled $100 billion in debt forgiveness for poor countries, and another $50 billion in contributions for health and development. In a world with more data and data-science expertise than ever, it’s time to revive that innovative spirit. Science has […] Nov 04 2019Speeches Remarks by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation at the Launch of Tata Power Renewable Microgrid – Press Conference As delivered on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India. Great, thank you for being here and thank you, Praveer, for those comments and much more importantly for your leadership of this extraordinarily ambitious joint venture. Tata Power Renewable Microgrid, which we are announcing the launch of today, will, in […] Nov 04 2019Speeches Remarks by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation,at the Launch of Tata Power Renewable Microgrid - Dinner Reception As delivered on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India. Good evening, how are you? A little quiet out there after Praveer gave that incredible story of how awesome this partnership is, literally an awesome partnership. That’s a data science joke for those who care to appreciate it. I just […] Oct 21 2019Speeches Remarks by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, At the Global Inclusive Growth Summit As delivered on Monday, October 21, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Good morning. How are you? Mike [Froman] and Dan [Porterfield], it’s good to see you, and thank you for having us here. And what very helpful remarks from Ajay [Banga] – and I appreciate, Ajay, your leadership for many years in building trust. The very serious commitment […]