Innovation at Rockefeller Foundation: Data science for social good

Tariq Khokhar, managing director and senior data scientist at The Rockefeller Foundation. Photo by: The Rockefeller Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO — Since joining The Rockefeller Foundation in September, Tariq Khokhar, managing director and senior data scientist, has started with relatively easy changes.

“The truth that folks working on innovation don't like to share much is [that] often the most impactful innovation work is the least glamorous,” he said. “You need to balance doing the unglamorous stuff with the shiny stuff.”

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