Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian, is VP of Programs at Co-Impact. He brings three decades of experience in human rights, education, governance, and philanthropy.
Rakesh formerly served as Director of Civic Engagement and Government at the Ford Foundation. He has founded and led several civil society organizations in East Africa, including Twaweza, Uwezo, HakiElimu, and the Policy Forum. Rakesh is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, a global partnership of 75 governments and hundreds of civil society groups, and has consulted for Google.org, Hivos and UNICEF, among others. He serves on the Boards of the Hewlett Foundation, International Budget Partnership, and Innovations in Poverty Action, and is an advisor to Luminate. Rakesh studied at Brandeis and Harvard.