Raj Kumar

As Co-Founder and President of Devex, Raj has been profiled in theFinancial Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes, and the Washington Post , where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Beginning as a student project while he was doing graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, today Devex is a social enterprise that operates the world’s most popular international development website ( and has offices in five countries and a global staff of 100. Raj and his colleagues at Devex are working to make foreign aid more efficient. Prior to Devex, he co-founded a successful internet start-up,, which was sold to in 2000. Raj was also Principal and Political Director of Penn Schoen Berland, the political consulting firm. He was a strategist for campaigns in the U.S. and around the world, including presidential elections in Venezuela, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Ukraine (where he conducted exit polling during the Orange Revolution). Raj worked for the White House as a member of the national advance team for President Clinton. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a speaker and writer on issues of global development and social entrepreneurship, and appears as a guest analyst in the media. Raj graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, speaks Spanish, and has worked, studied, and traveled in more than 50 countries. He spent part of his childhood in Kerala, India, where he first became interested in international development, and now lives in Washington, DC with his wife Maria Teresa Kumar.

Raj Kumar is the president of Devex.

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