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Zia Khan

Senior Vice President, Innovation, The Rockefeller Foundation

As Senior Vice President for Innovation, Zia oversees the Foundation’s approach to developing solutions that can have transformative impact on people’s lives, with a focus on innovative finance, data & technology, and science. He writes and speaks frequently on leadership, strategy, and innovation. Zia has served on the World Economic Forum Advisory Council for Social Innovation and the U.S. National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. He is an investor and advisor to a range of impact-oriented enterprises.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Zia was a management consultant advising leaders in technology, mobility, and private equity sectors. He spent most of his career at Katzenbach Partners where he founded the San Francisco office. He worked with Jon Katzenbach on research related to leadership, strategy, and organizational performance, leading to their book Leading Outside the Lines.

Zia holds a B.S. from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Authored Content

  • Oct 08 2019
    Blog Post We’re Designing a Responsible AI Future Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) technology is transforming the way humans interact and society operates. As the development of AI accelerates, many of us see the need for a movement that ensures we harness AI’s benefits and mitigate its risks. To explore these questions and start identifying solutions, The Rockefeller Foundation has designed A Month of AI […]
  • Jun 26 2019
    Blog Post Driving Systems Change with Data Earlier this month, my colleague Matthew Bishop and I co-hosted a wonderful group of thinkers and doers at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. We explored the Innovative Frontiers of Development with a focus on achieving 21st Century Systems change. The ideas flowed through plenary sessions debating our biggest political challenges and in smaller […]
  • Mar 06 2019
    Blog Post Fusion: Innovation through Integration The Rockefeller Foundation deeply believes in the potential for data science to improve people’s well-being and we’re excited to incorporate it into how we work as a foundation and how we realize impact in the world. It’s why we recently launched the Data Science for Social Impact Collaborative with the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. […]
  • Sep 13 2018
    Blog Post Collaborative Solutions: Using Technological Innovation to Benefit Humanity This piece is part of our 2018 United Nations General Assembly series. How technology is introduced, owned and regulated needs to be thought through with great care if the world is to reap benefits rather than disaster. Will the current wave of technological innovation be good for humanity? No question that what is known as the “fourth […]
  • Aug 29 2018
    Blog Post Motivating Change: How the Data Revolution Can Feed the Next Green Revolution Dr. Norman Borlaug was one of The Rockefeller Foundation’s longest-serving program officers. Credited with launching the Green Revolution, which saved a billion lives and earned him the Nobel Prize in 1970, Dr. Borlaug once told my mentor at the Foundation that if you tell a farmer how to improve yields by 20 percent, they might […]
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