Rajiv Shah

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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.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 (All day)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. (Applause.) It is so wonderful to be here for this occasion. As some of you know, I’ve been in this room before in the last year expressing a certain level of anxiety and frustration. All of that is behind us as we not only celebrate a new year, but have the great honor and privilege of formally swearing in our new Administrator for USAID.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 5:45am

وزیر صاحب محترم زاخیلوال السلام علیکم. تشکر از مهمان نوازی شما برای این محفل که امروز یکی دیگر از ابتکارات بین دو کشور ایالات متحده و افغانستان  را برگذارمی نماییم.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 5:45am
Salaam Alaikum. Minister Zakhilwal, thank you for hosting this event today celebrating an important initiative between our two countries.
 
Sunday, August 9, 2009 (All day)

 

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Good morning! Bonjou! Prime Minister Pierre-Louis, Dr. Moise Dr. Lauredan, distinguished colleagues and friends of Haiti, I am honored to be here today and I thank you for the opportunity to join this gathering.

This is a very fitting forum for the subject I want to address today-the critical need to find new ways to work more effectively, together, to bring about lasting change in Haiti.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 5:30am

ښاغلی ولسمشر حامد کرزی ، د اوبو او بریښنا وزیر  اسماعیل خان، ګرانو میلمنو، ښاغلو او میرمنو السلام علیکم!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 5:30am

جلالتماب ریس جمهور کرزی ، وزیر انرژی و آب محترم اسماعیل خان ، مهمانان گرامی ،  خانمان و آقایان السلام علیکم.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 5:30am

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.

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:30am
Salaam Alaikum.  Minister Shahrani, Governor Shirzai, Member of Parliament Mrs. Safie Sediqi, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the United States Government I am honored to be a part of this important event celebrating the launch of the Afghanistan Central Business Registry branch office in Jalalabad City.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009 (All day)

 

MR. FULGHAM: Good morning.

AUDIENCE: Good morning.

MR. FULGHAM: Come on, all the Starbucks coffee to drink this morning. Come on, good morning.

AUDIENCE: Good morning.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 5:30am
Salaam A Laykum.   First Vice President Masood, Minister Khan, distinguished ministers and other civil servants of Afghanistan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Kai Eide, representatives of the international community, and importantly, all who seek to improve water resources development and management. On behalf of the United States Government, it is an honor to be here at this important conference. Thank you for the invitation. 
 

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