Radha Rajkotia

Chief Research & Policy Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action

Radha Rajkotia

Radha Rajkotia

Chief Research & Policy Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action

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Dr. Radha Rajkotia is an experienced humanitarian and economic development professional, who combines expertise in strategy, operations, management, research, policy, and partnership development. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Director of Economic Recovery and Development at the International Rescue Committee, where she worked for eleven years. She has worked in over twenty countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Rajkotia's career to date has enabled her to think creatively about how to make tangible improvements in the way that aid is delivered and test new ideas on the ground, whether in delivering cash-based relief or creating jobs for people living in conflict settings. She has been able to deliver concrete programs directly, but also use research to answer questions that can help influence global level policies. Dr. Rajkotia has written and commissioned a number of papers on financial sector strengthening, employment creation, and cash transfer programming. She sits on the boards of the Cash Learning Partnership (CALP), the Center for Economic Opportunity (a US-based CDFI focused on refugees and migrants) and Asphaleia (a UK-based charity focused on education and employment programming for young migrants).

Dr. Rajkotia completed her postgraduate education at the University of Sussex, with a PhD in Refugee Studies (Geography), an MA in Migration Studies, and an MSc in Social Research Methods. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. She is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Henry Leir Institute for Human Security at Tufts University and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches a junior professional course on Refugees and Economic Opportunity.

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Founder at Innovations for Poverty Action

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Chief Global Programs Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action

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President at Flora Family Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at International Rescue Committee, Inc.

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Director at International Rescue Committee, Inc.

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Researcher at Innovations for Poverty Action

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Director at Robin Hood Foundation

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President Emeritus at Columbia University

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Former Executive Vice President at International Rescue Committee, Inc.

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Radha Rajkotia
Chief Research & Policy Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action
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PhD in Refugee Studies

The University of Sussex is one of the UK universities founded in the 1960s and we now have world-leading research across all of its schools and departments. The University has over 14,000 students, of which over a third are postgraduates. It delivers teaching and learning programmes that are informed by current research, are attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and which deliver skills for life.

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Chief Research & Policy Officer
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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems,and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors.

Senior Director, Economic Recovery & Development
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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

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Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies (SCS) offers graduate programs in professional and liberal studies, more than 30 professional certificate programs, custom and corporate training and education, summer school and special programs, and the University’s only part-time bachelor’s program.

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