Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world.
Since being sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009, Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative. He is also leading “USAID Forward,” an extensive set of reforms to USAID's business model focusing on seven key areas, including procurement, science & technology, and monitoring & evaluation.
Before becoming USAID's Administrator, Shah served as undersecretary for research, education and economics, and as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At USDA, he launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which significantly elevated the status and funding of agricultural research.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Shah served for seven years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including as director of agricultural development in the Global Development Program, and as director of strategic opportunities.
Originally from Detroit, Shah earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his master's in health economics from the Wharton School of Business. He attended the London School of Economics and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Shah is married to Shivam Mallick Shah and is the father of three children. He lives in Washington, D.C.
The United States' support for Afghanistan’s energy sector is evidence of America’s extraordinary commitment to Afghanistan. We have partnered with the Afghan Government to invest in generation, transmission, and distribution systems throughout the country. We have helped the government negotiate power purchase agreements with its neighbors. We are working to bring in private sector investment to build a power plant for the Shibirghan gas field. And we will eventually donate $150 million to refurbish and expand the Kajaki dam complex, which will triple power output for the 1.5 million people in the Hilmand River Valley.
MR. FULGHAM: Good morning.
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I am honored to be with you today as the Islamic Society of North America gathers to discuss the ideals that bind us all together as Americans - the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
ISNA has, since its inception, striven to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between people of faith.
You represent the power of open dialogue to foster ideas and create change in our communities - from your civic engagement here at home, to your efforts to help those in need after the tsunami or in Darfur.
I want to thank Chairman Payne for his longstanding commitment to health and recognize our distinguished guests from the African Union and the African Diplomatic Corps. Thank you for coming and for organizing this event with the Global Health Council, Save the Children, and the US Coalition for Child Survival.
Good morning. It is an honor to be here to celebrate International Women's Day with a group of professionals whose work I respect and admire.
To the women and men of the U.S. Agency for International Development - thank you for all you do to promote the interests of our country while working to build a better world. You have my continued commitment to work in Congress to advance and invest in your mission and your success.
Last updated: October 14, 2014