The Economic Times announced the appointment of U-M Economics alumnus Rajiv J Shah (B.S. ‘95) as President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Shah is the youngest person, and the first Indian-American, to lead the group. The Rockefeller Foundation is one of the largest and most influential philanthropies in the United States. They donate around 200 million dollars each year.
“That core concept of resilience is extraordinarily important going forward. It gives us the opportunity to evolve into the future,” said Shah. “I’ve seen what’s possible when people come together. We were able to save tens of thousands, if not millions, of lives.”
Prior to his new appointment, he served as the head of USAID under the Obama administration from 2009 to 2015 and as Undersecretary and Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture. As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he created the International Finance Facility for Immunisation in addition to his efforts to improve global health, agriculture and health services.