The head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Raj Shah on 17 December 2014 resigned from his position.
Rajiv will leave the office in February 2015. However, the reason behind his resignation was not revealed.
Shah joined the office of USAID on 24 December 2009. Being the head of USAID, Shah led more than 9600 professionals in 80 missions around the world, and managed an annual budget of over 22 billion US dollars.
Rajiv Raj Shah
• Shah served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture in 2009.
• He worked in a range of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation including Director of Agricultural Development, Director of Financial Services and manager of the Foundation's 1.5 billion US dollars commitment to the Vaccine Fund.
• He co-founded Health Systems Analytics, a health care consulting firm and the Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans.
• He also served as an advisor to Philadelphia's Public Health Commissioner and worked at the World Health Organization.
• Shah previously served on the boards of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
• In 2007, he was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and he serves on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Food Security.