(CIT): Dr. Rajiv Shah is administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This agency has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years. USAID recently unveiled a new approach that will support President Obama"s vision for high-impact global development, announced by the White House in September. This new approach will be focusing on:Recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals by building sustainable governance and delivery systems to support healthy and productive lives Investing in country-owned models of inclusive growth and development in a focused set of countries that are well-governed, economically stable, globally connected and market-oriented. Developing and delivering scientific and technological breakthroughs. Prior to being appointed USAID Administrator, Dr. Shah served as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, as well as strong communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education. Previously, Shah served as director of agricultural development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his seven 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, Michigan, Shah earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania 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 development.