Felicia Khan is an international development professional with 20+ years of experience working across sectors to build assets in marginalized communities. She has experience developing systems, tools and programs to build capacity and expand operational scale and impact in a range of countries in Asia and Africa, as well as in the U.S.
As a senior program officer within the Scaling Innovation practice at Results for Development. Ms. Khan works within R4D and with the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) — a coalition of bilateral, multi-lateral and philanthropic agencies — to promote innovation as a critical driver to achieving sustainable development. She collaborates with IDIA members to increase the understanding and visibility of innovation, to encourage partnership through development of common platforms, systems and tools, and to help strengthen innovation ecosystems. She leads IDIA’s Gender and Innovation Working Group, which seeks to encourage technical, institutional and social innovation to advance gender equality. Previously at R4D, she worked in support of the UN/World Bank high-level panel on water to spur innovation in the water sector by launching two global challenges to identify breakthroughs and address inadequate water supply and sanitation facilities, and poor water data and governance policies.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Khan served as a consultant specializing in program development and knowledge management issues, working together with philanthropic, non-profit and academic institutions on social change initiatives. Programmatically, her work has focused on asset-building: developing education, skills-building and economic opportunities in marginalized communities. Projects ranged from coordinating Living Cities’ initiative to support equitable rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina to launching the Ford Foundation’s GrantCraft initiative on the practice of grant-making for scale and impact. Her interests in innovation and systems change grew from a collaboration with the Harvard Business School, where she conducted research and co-authored resources for MBA/MPA courses focused on leadership, social entrepreneurship and organizational and societal change; and earlier community development work in India, the Philippines and elsewhere.
Ms. Khan also served as the director of the U.S. Office for IIRR, an international research and training NGO focused on participatory rural development. Her interest in international development and systems change began when she worked as an engineer for AT&T and Lucent Technologies providing global telecommunications solutions to public and private sector partners in 40+ countries. Ms. Khan holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an MS in interdisciplinary telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a BS in engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She speaks English and French.