Moderated by Robert Stoner, Associate Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Dr. Rajiv Shah was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on December 31, 2009. USAID, a U.S. Government agency, has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for almost 50 years. Under Dr. Shah’s leadership, USAID has launched its Grand Challenges for Development to focus global attention on specific development outcomes based on transformational, scalable, and sustainable change. The philosophy behind using Grand Challenges for Development is that defining the problem well and facilitating innovative approaches will encourage a wide array of solvers to focus their attention on developing sustainable, effective solutions.

Open to: the general public

For more information, contact:
Lars Hasselblad Torres
617-324-5176
lhtorres@mit.edu