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

  • Jul 08 2020
    Blog Post A Bretton Woods for AI: Ensuring Benefits for Everyone If “intelligence” helps us solve problems, we need as much as we can get right now. The Covid-19 virus, having killed over 500,000 people in just six months is also sparking a cascade of economic and social disruptions. And it’s only July. We benefit from intelligence when it helps us find a vaccine. But we […] Zia Khan
  • Jun 19 2020
    Blog Post Rebuilding Towards the Great Reset: Crisis, Covid-19, and the Sustainable Development Goals The year 2020 will forever be associated with crises. First came the Covid-19 pandemic, a joint public health and economic emergency that spread around the world with unprecedented speed and scope.  Next came a crisis of international cooperation, as countries struggled to coordinate their efforts in tackling a common viral foe. Then came a compounding […] John McArthur, Zia Khan
  • 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. […]
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