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Special Event: Can a Penn Alum Change the World?
4:00PM - 5:00PM ET


End poverty. Wipe diseases like Ebola and malaria off the map. Assure equitable and sustainable access to food, employment, and healthcare for all of humanity. Penn alum and President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Rajiv Shah, has dedicated his career to pursuing global goals like these. Building on private and public sector experience, Shah is in a unique position to put his innovative and interdisciplinary strategy – one that embraces the risks that come with achieving transformational change – to work. He has impacted the lives of millions of people around the world, for instance, by elevating the role of development in our nation’s foreign policy under the Obama administration and underwriting global immunization efforts with the Gates Foundation. Now he leads one of the world’s biggest charitable organizations, tasked with creating universal opportunities for global sustainable development.

What does it take to be a change-maker on a global scale? What do you have to put on the line to make a real difference? What happens if you fail? And what do you learn about yourself and the world around you along the way? Join Rajiv Shah as he addresses these questions and discusses his new book, Big Bets, with Katherina Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Rajiv J. Shah serves as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. With a century-long track record of leveraging science, technology, and innovation, The Foundation is pioneering new ways to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School. He has received several honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the US Global Leadership Award. He is married to Shivam Mallick Shah, and they have three children.


Katherina ‘Kat’ M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and faculty co-director of High Impact Philanthropy Academy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Founded as a collaboration between SP2 and alumni of the Wharton School, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is the premier source of knowledge and education on how philanthropy can do more good. Kat is a frequent writer and speaker on philanthropy for social impact and was the recipient of the 2012 Wharton Women in Business Distinguished Alumna Award.