Rajiv J. Shah, PhD, is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution committed to promoting the well-being of humanity around the world through data, science, and innovation. Under his leadership, the foundation raised and deployed more than $1 billion to respond to the COVID pandemic at home and abroad, launched a $10 billion Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet to help secure a just and green recovery, and is currently seeking to advance human opportunity even while reversing the climate crisis. Raj serves on President Biden’s Defense Policy Board and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. In October 2023, he will publish Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens, sharing a dynamic new model for realizing transformative change, inspired by his own work, the Foundation’s, and changemakers from around the world. He is married to Shivam Mallick Shah and they have three children.
Learn more about the Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards, generously supported by Johnson & Johnson.