Vice President, Programs, Co-Impact

Rakesh Rajani currently serves as Vice President, Programs at Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative for systems change focused on improving the lives of millions of people around the world. Previously he served as Director, Democratic Participation and Governance, at the Ford Foundation in New York. He was the founding Head of Twaweza, an East African organization that promotes citizen agency, open government, and basic education. He is also a founding member and past co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, which involves 75 countries that are home to two billion people. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Rajani served as the founding Executive Director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization. Mr. Rajani serves on several national and international boards, including the International Budget Partnership and the Hewlett Foundation. He was a fellow of Harvard University from 1998 to 2013, and he has written and edited over 400 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. Mr. Rajani graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis and Harvard universities.

Rakesh Rajani