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Indeed, it's official:  the White House has announced its intent to nominate Raj Shah to head USAID.  By all accounts, it will be a speedy confirmation process:  see Senator Kerry's statement here.   Meet your very likely, soon-to-be confirmed USAID Administrator:

Rajiv ShahDr. Rajiv Shah was sworn in June 2, 2009 as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also holds the position of USDA's Chief Scientist.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Shah served as director of Agricultural Development in the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his seven years with the Gates Foundation, Shah served as the Foundation's director of Strategic Opportunities and as deputy director of policy and finance for the Global Health Program. In these roles, he helped develop and launch the foundation's Global Development Program and the International Finance Facility for Immunization-an effort that raised more than $5 billion for child immunization.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, Shah was the health care policy advisor on the Gore 2000 presidential campaign and a member of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's transition committee on health. He is the co-founder of Health Systems Analytics and Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans. In addition, he has served as a policy aide in the British Parliament and worked at the World Health Organization.

Shah earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his Master of Science in health economics at the Wharton School of Business. He has attended the London School of Economics, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and has published articles on health policy and global development. Shah previously served on the boards of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Seattle Public Library, and the Seattle Community College District. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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