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As part of his writing on leadership, social innovation, sustainability and international development, Rahim has interviewed more than 300 global leaders including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett, Administrator of USAID Rajiv Shah, Administrator of UNDP and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, President of Harvard University Drew Faust, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin, Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia, Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron, world-renowned Spanish chef José Andrés, and billionaire philanthropists Jeff Skoll, Michael Bloomberg, and Eli Broad. Rahim has also interviewed celebrities such as American rap icon Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, international recording artist Shakira, Adrian Grenier of HBO’s Entourage, television and film actress Eva Longoria, CEO and designer of American lifestyle brand Tory Burch, and 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys on their philanthropic efforts.

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What Ever Happened to Mark Zuckerberg's $100 Million Gift to Newark?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:23 PM

"The Foundation for Newark's Future was designed to be a short-term philanthropic 'shot in the arm,' paving the way for long-term change in Newark's schools," said foundation president and CEO Kimberly Baxter McLain in a recent interview. We discussed the last three years of ideas and efforts, what needs to...

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The Horror Of AirTran

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 7:53 AM

This article was co-authored by Rahim Kanani and Tyler Moselle.

A few months ago, Tyler parked his Oldsmobile under a tree in Cambridge, MA, prompting countless birds to unleash hell. Soon after, we were driving around Logan Airport and Tyler slowed down at one of the terminals to ask a...

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The Obama Administration's Social Innovation Fund: An In-depth Interview with Director Paul Carttar

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 9:12 AM

This is part one of a two-part interview. Part two can be found here.

Recently, I interviewed Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund--an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intended to improve the lives of people in low-income...

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Fresh Advice and Insight for New and Returning College Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 5:01 PM

When I started high school in the mid-90s, the Internet was just beginning to boom. It was as amazingly exciting as it was amazingly mysterious. It was hard to describe, and even harder to ignore. This curiosity led me to learn HTML on my own and endlessly explore ways in...

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Rafael Nadal: Global Social Responsibility Ambassador for Bacardi Limited

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 2:11 PM

In a recent interview with Robert Furniss-Roe, Regional President of Bacardi North America and President of Bacardi U.S.A. Inc., we discussed the company's CSR efforts, the appointment of Rafael Nadal as their new global social responsibility ambassador, and much more.

In 2011, Mr. Furniss-Roe was appointed Regional President of Bacardi...

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Making the Most of Philanthropy: Authors of 'Give Smart' and 'Do More Than Give' Share Insights

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 4:15 PM

In an ongoing interview series on the most effective philanthropic practices, I spoke with Tom Tierney, co-author of "Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results," and Leslie R. Crutchfield, co-author of "Do More Than Give: The 6 Practices of Donors Who Change the World," on the motivations...

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Madhav Chavan on Universal Education in India: An Inside Look at Pratham

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 5:53 PM

Recently, I interviewed Dr. Madhav Chavan, co-founder, president and CEO of Pratham and a 2011 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Pratham is the largest nongovernmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to...

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An Interview With Alexandra Almore, Harvard University Class of 2012

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:29 PM

Hailing from Virginia, Alexandra Almore is a senior at Harvard University concentrating in Neurobiology and African American Studies.  Alexandra serves as the president of the multinational NGO, the African Development Initiative (ADI) and director of the College Bound Mentoring Program. In 2010, Alexandra conducted malaria research in Sierra Leone with...

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A New Model for Education in Pakistan: The Hub School

(28) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 11:07 AM

I recently interviewed Mr. Abdul Kader Jaffer, former Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, who formed the Ahmed E.H. Jaffer Foundation in 1996 in memory of his late father. The Foundation has initiated a not for profit School of Excellence -- The Hub School -- a boarding...

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A New Narrative of Empathy for the West and the Arab World?

(14) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:36 AM

As people in the West continue to read about, listen to and watch the stories of ordinary citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, they are realizing more and more that human desires, needs and wants -- of people in North America, North Africa and the Middle East...

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Handicap International Renews Focus On Humanitarian Aid

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2011 | 1:00 PM

Recently, I interviewed Dr. Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder and executive director of Handicap International, and winner of the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for his organization's work in assisting people with disabilities in situations of poverty, exclusion, conflict and disaster. Awarded annually since 1996, the $1.5 million Conrad...

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An Interview With Tom Tierney, Co-author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 5:11 PM

Recently, I interviewed Tom Tierney, co-author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results. Mr. Tierney is also cofounder and chairman of The Bridgespan Group, a non-profit consulting firm serving the non-profit sector and its funders. Joel Fleishman, faculty chair of the Duke University Center for Strategic Philanthropy and...

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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on the Evolution and Future of Social Enterprise

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 1:05 PM

As part of an ongoing series on social innovation, I recently interviewed Mirjam Schöning, head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. We discussed the evolution of social entrepreneurship and the work of the Schwab Foundation, the intersection of innovation and development, becoming a social entrepreneur, and much more.

Mirjam...

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Aleem Walji of the World Bank Institute's Innovation Team on the Future of International Development

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 4:56 PM

As part of an on-going series on social innovation, I recently interviewed Aleem Walji, Practice Manager for Innovation at the World Bank Institute. We discussed the intersection between innovation and development, the future of social enterprise, current initiatives and efforts underway in the Innovation Practice, challenges and opportunities moving forward...

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The Ambassador of Moldova on U.S.-Moldova Relations and the Future of the Republic

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 5:36 PM

In a recent interview with H.E. Igor Munteanu, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States and Canada, we discussed Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to the country, the U.S.-Moldova relationship, and the future of the Republic.

Rahim Kanani: Recently, the vice president of the United States...

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In Conversation With Jeff Skoll, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the 2011 Skoll World Forum

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 6:26 PM

Recently, I attended the 8th Annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, an annual convening held in Oxford, UK, which brought together more than 800 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors to tackle the world's most pressing social issues.

A program of the...

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The Nike Foundation on Unleashing the 'Girl Effect'

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM

In a recent in-depth interview with Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, we discussed the evolution of the organization, the Girl Effect, learned insights of international development, philanthropy and leadership, Nike Foundation's collaboration with Peter and Jennifer Buffett's NoVo Foundation, her advice to President Obama and much...

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A Career U.S. Intelligence Officer on Al Qaeda, Nuclear Terrorism and the Nuclear Threat

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 5:43 PM

In a recent discussion with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy, we discussed al Qaeda's quest for nuclear weapons, the scale and scope of the nuclear terrorism threat,...

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Investing In The 'Undervalued Assets' Of Women And Girls

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 12:01 PM

Until April 15th, the 2011 Global Philanthropy Forum is taking place in Redwood City, CA. I interviewed Pamela Shifman, Director of Initiatives for Women and Girls at the NoVo Foundation, who discussed the evolution of the NoVo Foundation, the status and progress of women and girls around the...

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Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, on the State and Future of Human Rights Philanthropy and Policy

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 5:27 PM

In advance of the 2011 Global Philanthropy Forum starting tomorrow, April 13th, in Redwood City, CA, I interviewed Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, on the state of giving today, George Soros' recent $100M gift to his organization, the International Criminal Court, President Obama's foreign policy,...

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