Rajesh Anandan, BSc, MEngSenior Vice President UNICEF Ventures, Co-creator UNICEF Kid Power, Co-founder ULTRA Testing
Since joining the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in April 2009, Rajesh has overseen the rapid growth of cross-sector partnerships, turned around the organization’s national cause campaigns, co-led the strategic planning process, and led digital platforms and fundraising initiatives. In 2011, Rajesh set up UNICEF Ventures to incubate and scale social ventures, and has since launched UNICEF Market, an ecommerce platform for artisans worldwide, and UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first Wearable-for-Good.
Previously, Rajesh ran the Private Sector division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, where he was responsible for large-scale co-investments, access and pricing initiatives, and global cause campaigns including (PRODUCT)RED.
Rajesh began his career at Microsoft as a program manager, and then joined Bain & Company where he focused on business incubation and growth strategy for technology, media, financial services, healthcare and retail clients. Rajesh is the co-founder of ULTRA Testing, a high quality software testing company employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum, a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, a global accelerator for social enterprises, and an advisor to startups focused on creating employment in marginalized communities.
Rajesh has a BSc and MEng in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Dynamics and Economics.