Facebook announced the appointment of Rajiv Aggarwal as the Director of Public Policy. He is an ex- IAS officer and was previously working with Uber. The role of Rajiv includes leading important development initiatives and defining them, on an agenda that covers user safety, data protection and privacy, inclusion and internet governance.
Before this, Ankhi Das was the director of public policy, who quit in October last year.
Rajiv will be reporting to Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook India, and will be part of the India leadership team. He was previously working with Uber as the head of Public Policy for India and South Asia.
Ajit Mohan wrote in LinkedIn post “Excited to welcome Rajiv Aggarwal as the new public policy director for Facebook India. Working across our family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, he will be a part of the India Leadership team and lead the policy team on the key public policy issues that are shaping the future of the tech ecosystem in India. Facebook is committed to being an ally for India’s exciting economic and social transformation and we look forward to leveraging Rajiv’s deep experience working across sectors and dealing with issues at the frontiers of economic development in India. Welcome to Facebook, Rajiv!,”
Rajiv has 26 years of experience as an IAS, and was District Magistrate in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh. The statement said, During his tenure as an administrative officer, he steered India’s first ever-national policy on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as Joint Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (M/o Commerce), and was instrumental in the digital transformation of India’s IP offices.
He has been closely associated with the India-US bilateral trade forum, besides being India’s lead negotiator on IPRs with other nations, it added.