USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, pictured here in Haiti, will deliver the 2010 Barmes lecture on Dec. 14.
United States Agency for International Development administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will present the 2010 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
The lecture, titled “Addressing Grand Challenges: The Role of Science in Global
Health Development,” will include details of USAID’s new approach, tailored
to support President Obama’s vision for high-impact global development, announced by the White House in September.
Prior to being appointed USAID administrator, Shah served as under secretary for research, education and economics and chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for the U.S. food and fiber system. Previously,
he served as director of agricultural development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In his 7 years with the Gates Foundation, he served as its director of strategic opportunities and as deputy director of policy and finance for the global health program. In these roles, he helped develop and launch the foundation’s global development program and helped create both the Alliance for a Green Revolution
in Africa and the International Finance Facility for Immunization—an effort that raised more than $5 billion for child immunization.
Shah also is co-founder of Health Systems Analytics and Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans. In addition, he has served as a policy aide in the British Parliament and worked at the World Health Organization.
Originally from Detroit, Shah earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School and his master’s in health economics at the Wharton School of Business. He has attended the London School of Economics, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has published articles on health policy and global
The lecture honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international
health at NIDCR. The lecture series was established by NIDCR and Fogarty in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries.