USINPAC expressed its delight at the nomination of Rajiv Shah as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Rajiv Shah has been President Obama's Under Secretary of Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist. Earlier he had worked in various leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation including Director of Financial Services, Director of Agricultural Development, leader of the Strategic Opportunities initiative and manager of the Foundation's $1.5 billion commitment to the Vaccine Fund. He is credited with the idea for the International Finance Facility for Immunization to transform the global system of vaccine financing. Shah was also an adviser on the Al Gore Campaign, 2000 and a member of transition Committee on health for Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA)
Sanjay Puri, the chairman of USINPAC said that, "This appointment is well considered and well deserved. USAID has been without a head for nearly nine months now and it may be delaying many of the programs of the Obama administration. Rajiv Shah, with his medical and economic background, and his leadership role in diverse fields at such young age is a unique blend of energy and experience. We congratulate him and wish him success in his new role".
Kersy Dastur, a leading member of USINPAC expressed happiness at the nomination and said that,"This is another milestone in the journey of the Indian Americans in the service of their country. We rejoice in Rajiv Shah's appointment as it will motivate others in the community to aim high. He starts with the best wishes from USINPAC and all Indian Americans".