Rajen Makhijani

About Rajen Makhijani
  • Country Director, University of Chicago's Tata Centre for Development & International Innovation Corps
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Rajen serves as Country Director India, for IIC and TCD which are set up to serve governments and other scale players in development sector, with implementation, research and executive education/training in Education, WASH, Health and Energy & Environment.
Previously, Rajen was the Global head of the Leadership and Talent Advisory Practice for Dalberg and co-led Dalberg Asia’s initiatives in the Inclusive Business, Innovative Finance and M&E space. He was based in Singapore.

Prior to Dalberg, Rajen was with Heidrick & Struggles Singapore where he was a Principal, and an early member of the team that started the Leadership Consulting Practice in Asia-Pacific for the firm; and at McKinsey & Company, Singapore (where he was a Fellow with the McKinsey Centre for Asian Leadership). Prior to that, he served as Consultant, Sr. Consultant and Manager at ECS Ltd, Mumbai (now a PricewaterhouseCoopers firm).

Rajen holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a B.Com. from Mumbai University. He is a Sir Dorab Tata Merit Scholar, a recipient of ‘Citibank Leadership Award’, and the ‘Wings of Excellence’ Award from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Rajen is an award-nominated screenwriter with 4 full-length movies produced with full credits. He is a two time TEDx speaker including one on “How the Poor See Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4JPFr8g3yQ , and a Facilitator on Tata Jagriti Yatra, a 9000-km train journey across India to visit and learn from social entrepreneurs. He has also been a grass-roots volunteer in the slums of Mumbai and Delhi for awareness campaigns.

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