Azita Raji


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Azita Raji is an American investor and philanthropist, and a former diplomat and banker. She was appointed by President Obama as US ambassador to Sweden, and subsequently nominated for State Department’s highest award for a non-career ambassador, the Sue M. Cobb Prize for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. Since leaving her post in Sweden, her commentaries on national security have appeared in leading publications. Raji is Senior Fellow at Institute of European Studies, and Guest Lecturer, at University of California, Berkeley. She serves on advisory board of Foreign Policy for America. During the Obama campaign, Raji served as National Finance Vice Chair, and Chair of Swing State Victory Fund. She was appointed by President Obama as Commissioner of The President’s Commission on White House Fellows. As a veteran investment banker, Raji held senior executive positions on Wall Street, specializing in structured derivatives. Since retiring from finance, she has leveraged her expertise in global capital markets, business model innovation, scaling, and strategy to drive social impact on non-for-profit national boards. She currently serves as Social Impact Fellow, and advisory board member, of Haas Business School’s Center for Responsible Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Raji is recipient of 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2016, she was recognized as honoree of “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America”, the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s “annual recognition of inspiring naturalized U.S. citizens”. Raji has a B.A. in Architecture and French from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School.