US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Rajiv Shah to head US Agency for International Development (USAID). The post of Administrator of the federal agency USAID is responsible for all non-military aid by the US. If Congress confirms the nomination of Shah, he would become the highest ranking Indian-American in any US Administration.
Rajiv Shah at present is the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture. He manages the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistical Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the US Department of Agriculture with more than 10,000 staff worldwide including 2,200 federal scientists and a budget of more than $2.6 billion.
The mission of USAID is to advance US’ interests by strengthening our relationships abroad.