Rajiv Shah

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Dr. Rajiv Shah led the efforts of nearly 10,000 staff in more than 70 countries around the world to advance USAID’s mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies.

Under Dr. Shah’s leadership, USAID applied innovative technologies and engaged the private sector to solve the world’s most intractable development challenges. This new model of development brings together an increasingly diverse community—from large companies to local civil society groups to communities of faith—to deliver meaningful results.

Dr. Shah led President Obama’s landmark Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives and has refocused America’s global health partnerships to end preventable child death. Feed the Future, alone, has improved nutrition for 12 million children and empowered more than 7 million farmers with climate-smart tools they need to grow their way out of extreme poverty. In April 2014, USAID launched the U.S. Global Development Lab to harness the expertise of the world’s brightest scientists, students, and entrepreneurs. At the same time, the newly formed Private Capital Group for Development forges a more strategic relationship between private capital and development.

Dr. Shah also managed the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to catastrophic crises around the world, from the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Through an extensive set of reforms called “USAID Forward,” Dr. Shah worked with the United States Congress to transform USAID into the world’s premier development Agency that prioritizes public-private partnerships, innovation, and meaningful results. He currently serves on the boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as participates on the National Security Council.

Previously, Dr. Shah served as Undersecretary and Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led efforts in global health, agriculture, and financial services, including the creation of the International Finance Facility for Immunization.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and the Wharton School of Business. He regularly appears in the media and has delivered keynote addresses before the U.S. Military Academy, the National Prayer Breakfast, and diverse audiences across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Shah was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He has served as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and has received multiple honorary degrees.

He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Shivam Mallick Shah and three children and has given up mountain climbing for family bicycle rides.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 3:00pm

It is an honor to be here today and to be speaking on behalf of development partners. We are encouraged by the great progress that Cambodia has made in reducing hunger and stunting in Cambodia since 2000. The recent 2016 Global Hunger Index Report results show that Cambodia is one of three countries with largest percentage of hunger reduction among the 50 countries with serious levels of hunger. This improvement is great news.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:45am

The fact that we are here together as we prepare for Cambodia’s Third National Nutrition Day. This year’s theme -- “Improved Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition Make Children Grow” – is not only a fact, it’s a call to action. It is also a strong testament to Cambodia’s continued commitment to improve nutrition for mothers and children.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00am

As many of you know, the Global Health Security Agenda is an international partnership that aims to create a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats. Since launching in February 2014, more than 50 countries have endorsed it; and through it, the U.S. Government has committed to establishing a global capacity to address and respond to devastating diseases from animals, humans, and the environment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 9:00am

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for WorldFish, the Fisheries Administration, and USAID to share with the public information about this important project. The Rice Field Fisheries Project is another example of the U.S. government’s continued commitment to help Cambodia reach three significant milestones in its economic development.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:45am

On behalf of USAID, it’s my privilege to welcome you here today to this national consultation on the draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA.

The U.S. government has been a committed and active advocate of regional cooperation on EIAs. We see EIAs as an important tool to achieve sustainable development in the Lower Mekong region.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:00am

It is my pleasure to be here today for the opening of the Homa Bay Agricultural Show and Trade Fair 2016. This event provides a platform for farmers to create linkages with various stakeholders in the agricultural industry, including private sector, government and development partners. It also offers a platform to promote agricultural entrepreneurship and trade by showcasing new technologies, opportunities and skills.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 8:00am

School Milk Feeding Conference Thursday, October 27, 2016 Mombasa, Kenya Remarks by Acting Deputy Mission Director Mark Carrato

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:00am

Remarks as prepared for USAID Afghanistan Mission Director Herbert Smith

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:30am

I also want to congratulate you on the first Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) investment conference that took place here in Nairobi, Kenya, in June of this year. During this conference, US $1.9 billion of priority water and power projects were presented to prospective investors for funding consideration.

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