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Community - January 25, 2012

Rakesh Rajani joins foundation board

Rakesh Rajani, an expert in international development, has joined the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation board of directors.

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.