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Zia Khan

The Rockefeller Foundation
VP, Initiatives and Strategy

As vice president for Initiatives and Strategy, Dr. Khan oversees the Foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. He leads the program team in New York, Bangkok, and Nairobi and their work in searching for new opportunities, developing strategies, and executing initiatives. He also provides direction for the Foundation’s commitment to supporting new innovations and capacities in the sector.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Khan was a management consultant who advised senior leaders in different sectors on strategy and organizational performance. His previous experience includes being a partner at Booz & Company and a principal at Katzenbach Partners where he founded and led the San Francisco office. Dr. Khan is the co-author of Leading Outside the Lines.

He is frequent writer and speaker on strategy, innovation, and topics related to the Foundation’s goals, focus areas, and work.

Dr. Khan holds a B.S. from Cornell and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford.  He sits on the board of Spark, a nonprofit organization offering apprenticeship opportunities for at-risk youth.