Dr. Radha Rajkotia is an experienced humanitarian and economic development professional, who combines expertise in strategy, operations, management, research, policy, and partnership development. She is the Senior Director of Economic Recovery and Development at the International Rescue Committee. She has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Dr Rajkotia's career to date has enabled her to think creatively about how to make tangible improvements in the way that aid is delivered and test new ideas on the ground, whether in delivering cash-based relief or creating jobs for people living in conflict settings. She has been able to deliver concrete programs through her own organization's work, but also uses research to answer questions that can help influence global level policies. Dr Rajkotia has written and commissioned a number of papers on financial sector strengthening, employment creation and cash transfer programming. She sits on the board of the Cash Learning Partnership (CALP) and the Center for Economic Opportunity.
Dr Rajkotia completed her postgraduate education at the University of Sussex, with a PhD in Refugee Studies (Geography), an MA in Migration Studies, and an MSc in Social Research Methods. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Birmingham.