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Class 2 (2003-2005)

Rajiv Jalota, India

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

As a District Magistrate and CEO of Zilla Parishad, for the Maharashtra State government, Rajiv has had firsthand experience resolving communal, economic, and environmental disputes and planning and implementing programs of social development. Since completing a master’s degree in organic chemistry at Lucknow University, Rajiv has been a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service to maintain peace with development in his jurisdiction. He has worked closely with local Rotary clubs for various humanitarian causes, including Polio Plus. Rajiv speaks Hindi and Marathi as well as English. After completing his fellowship, he plans to return to government work to develop policies and training models that are both socially acceptable as well as environmentally sustainable. He did his internship at the Environment and Social Development unit in East Asia, at the World Bank, working on resettlement and rehabilitation aspects of projects in Vietnam.