Raj Kumar


Raj Kumar is the founding president and editor-in-chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community.

Latest Articles

As UNGA kicks off, Guterres calls for urgency
21 Sep 2018

Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar kicks off Devex's U.N. General Assembly coverage by interviewing U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Watch this video to see what he has to say on institutional reform, noncommunicable diseases, and #MeToo.

New tools and approaches promise a big change to the aid industry
7 Jun 2018

Where is the aid industry headed? How are revolutions in real-time data, financial inclusion, and results-based finance reshaping the way development professionals work? On June 12 in Washington, D.C., Devex World will bring together leaders at the forefront of transformation — who may not be regulars on the development conference circuit, but who might ultimately redefine the industry, writes Raj Kumar, Devex's president and editor-in-chief.

In raucous book, an exec raises work culture concerns from inside a psych ward
18 May 2018

In the interest of addressing the hazards of modern work culture — and the solutions to them — Gib Bulloch has gone public about his mental health struggle in a raucous and delightful new book, "The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent."

One woman's fight: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala memoir offers guide to fighting corruption
19 Apr 2018

In her memoir, "Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala recounts her time in the Nigerian government and her struggles to combat graft, battle oil companies, and bring in effective government. It is a sobering tale that ends with a rallying cry to the development sector: "Outsiders can only assist. Corruption must be fought by insiders and from the inside."

The Future of Education: It's coming, but will it get here fast enough?
23 Mar 2018

As the world's economy embraces new technologies, the global education sector badly needs to transform itself to meet fresh challenges. So far it has lagged behind, but there are signs that it's catching up — and funding is following. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sends this dispatch from the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai on the radically shifting education landscape.

Minding the gaps at the Global Education & Skills Forum
16 Mar 2018

The Global Education & Skills Forum, a kind of Davos for the global education set, is starting in Dubai amid a global "learning crisis" that permeates every aspect of the development sector. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sums up what we might learn from a gathering of education leaders and practitioners looking for new ways to tackle a stark reality: Global education is failing.

Dear development leaders in Davos: Learn to be plumbers
6 Feb 2018

With a dozen years to go before the finish line of the Sustainable Development Goals, development leaders need to get the underlying plumbing of the sector right in order to have a chance to reach those goals. From managing data and raising money to striking the right deals, they need to roll up their sleeves and build out the best system for their industry, writes Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar from Davos.

Gates vs. Malaria: How Bill Gates aims to win the fight of his life
1 Feb 2018

Bill Gates aims to eradicate malaria from the face of the earth — and he could be in for the fight of his life. On the sidelines of Davos, he tells Devex’s Raj Kumar how a comprehensive approach, including innovative new tools, could one day make this disease history.

In Davos, the art of the development deal
23 Jan 2018

As the World Economic Forum hosts its annual Davos shindig, the development sector is hoping to see a slew of deals emerge from the elite gathering of CEOs, political leaders, financiers, philanthropists, and celebrities. Devex Founding President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar writes that the time is ripe for financial dealmaking to secure vital funds to tackle some of the world's biggest problems.

Aid sector sees a tough year ahead, after navigating choppy waters of 2017
5 Jan 2018

The development sector has coped with the multiple shocks of 2017 and emerged from a year of uncertainty in better shape than many expected. But as Trump, Brexit, and multiple humanitarian crises still play out across the industry, Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar details the challenges — and opportunities — that lie ahead in 2018.