From Tanzania, Mr. Rajani founded Twaweza, an East African-based civil society initiative promoting change in Eastern Africa through citizen partnerships and governmental accountability.
"Rakesh brings a wealth of hands-on experience in what it takes to make a difference in the developing world," said Foundation President Paul Brest in a statement.
His experience also includes starting education advocacy and children's rights organizations in Tanzania while serving as a consultant for the Hewlett Foundation, Google.org, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation's Office for East Africa, and UNICEF, among others.
He is currently a fellow at Harvard University in the field of human rights. He earned his bachelor's degree in from Brandeis University in 1989 and a master's degree in theological studies from Harvard in 1991.