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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Raj Shah, 2007

MBA, University of Pennsylvania

Raj Shah is an immigrant from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at University of Pennsylvania

RAJ SHAH is the Managing Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). Previously, he was the Co-Founder and CEP of Morta Security, a stealth mode start-up developing a new paradigm to counter advanced network threats.

Raj is the son of naturalized US citizens of Indian origin. They currently reside in Bonaire, Georgia.

Raj received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May. He holds an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Previously, Raj served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Technology Security in the US Department of Defense. Upon graduating from Princeton University, he took a job at McKinsey and Company but left 4 months after 9/11 to join the United States Air Force. A distinguished graduate of both United States Air Force pilot training and Officer Training School, Raj flew eighteen combat missions in Iraq as a captain and F-16 pilot. After four years of active duty, he transitioned to the reserves and rejoined McKinsey and Co., followed by his stint in government.

Raj also has started a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving education in his father's village in India; as a result of his fundraising efforts, the village now has a 30-unit computer lab, scholarship programs, and English tutoring programs - and the graduation rate of the village high school has tripled.

Raj's career goal is to create a global technology company focused on aerospace and to eventually serve in a leadership capacity in the government

  • MBA Business | University of Pennsylvania 2009
  • AB Woodrow Wilson School | Princeton University 2000
Work History
  • Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, Managing Director | May 2016
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