USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Give Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will discuss “The Development Innovation Economy” at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The 5:30 p.m. event in the Sanford School of Public Policy's Fleishman Commons on West Campus is free and open to the public. It will include an audience Q & A, followed by a reception. Parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot.

As head of the USAID since 2009, Shah directs nearly 10,000 employees in 80 countries working in global health, agricultural productivity, disaster relief, economic growth, the promotion of democracy and combating extreme poverty.

Shah will share a vision of American leadership through development innovation, a new model of aid that connects American entrepreneurs with emerging markets and one that fosters innovation in labs that generate cutting-edge and profitable solutions.

One such partnership is with the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke, which mobilizes teams of scholars, practitioners, investors and policymakers to identify, assess and build solutions for health care delivery and preventive services in developing countries.

Before taking this position, Shah served as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the under secretary for research, education and economics in the Obama administration. He spent seven years prior with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation after earning his medical degree and master’s degree in health economics.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture is presented by the Sanford School of Public Policy.  This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and the Duke Global Health Institute. The talk will be streamed live from the Sanford School Web page:

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