Rajesh Anandan is Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and UNICEF Ventures.
Since joining the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in April 2009, Rajesh has led the development of cross-sector initiatives with corporations, foundations and academia generating over $400 million annually in funding and in-kind resources. In 2011, he launched UNICEF Ventures, which aims to incubate new business ventures and develop new collaborative models to accelerate innovation. In 2012, he was appointed to co-lead the U.S. Fund’s Strategic Planning process, and lead organization-wide cause-related campaigns and platforms.
Previously, Rajesh set up and ran the Private Sector division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Geneva, where he was responsible for large-scale co-investments, access and pricing initiatives, and cause-related marketing ventures such as (PRODUCT)RED.
Rajesh has also held a broad range of roles in the private sector, including product development and marketing at the Microsoft Corporation, corporate strategy and private equity consulting at Bain & Company, and general management and business development in Technology related start-ups.
Rajesh is the Founder of UTLRA, a network of technology and business service ventures employing individuals with heightened abilities, üba, a digital advocacy platform merging fashion and art to promote human security, and is the co-founder of WeCare, a grassroots organization supporting children affected by conflict in his home country Sri Lanka. He is a Mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, and serves as an advisor to a number of social enterprises focused on creating employment in marginalized communities.
Rajesh received B.Sc. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT, with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Dynamics and Economics.
- Rajesh was featured as a social innovator during the 2011 Social Innovation Summit and on FastCompany's Co.Exist blog
- Rajesh contributed to the Fieldnotes blog from SOCAP11
- Rajesh contributed to the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood Blog – The Argument for Home-based Newborn Care
- Rajesh contributed to the Fieldnotes blog from Uganda
- Rajesh wrote an article for Added Value – Closing the half a billion dollar gap for UNICEF
- Rajesh was interviewed in the IEG Sponsorship Report –Corporate/Nonprofit Partnerships: A Unique View from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF