As director of strateigic partnerships at the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), Dr. Kashyap Choksi support’s the Foundation’s public–private partnership model by establishing strategic partnerships and identifying non-federal matching resources and partners. Choksi successfully secures FFAR’s congressionally mandated matching funding for promising, but unmet, research in food and agriculture.

Prior to joining FFAR, Choksi collaborated with a range of diverse organizations on a spectrum of issues. Most recently, Choksi served as the Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland, where he focused on alumni engagement, donor relations and fundraising. Previously, as director of international advancement for South Asia, Middle East and Africa at Harvard University, he worked on the university’s campaign priorities in collaboration with the President’s and Provost’s offices and faculty.

Choksi was the managing director of Conservation International Singapore. In this capacity, he oversaw business development, marketing and communications, partner relations functions and engaged the public and private sectors to support field conservation programs in South East Asian countries. He formerly served as director of law schools at Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, Choksi was vice president of strategic initiatives at National 4-H Council.

Choksi received a doctorate in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech. He also earned a master’s degree in international affairs and a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University. His received his law and in economics degrees at the University of Madras, India.

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