Rajiv Aggarwal, ex-IAS officer and former Uber executive has assumed the post of Director of Public Policy at Facebook India. Aggarwal will replace the outgoing Director of Public Policy Ankhi Das who resigned in October 2020 after getting embroiled in a controversy.
As per a statement issued on September 20, Aggarwal, as a Director of Public Policy, will define and lead crucial policy development initiatives for the social media giant in India. The role will focus on creating policies on an agenda that covers user safety, data protection and privacy, inclusion and internet governance.
The ex-IAS will report to Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook India. Also, he will be a part of the India leadership team, the statement added. Mentioning his last assignment, the statement read, Aggarwals’s last role was with Uber as Head of Public Policy for India and South Asia.
He has 26 years of experience as an IAS officer and had worked as a District Magistrate in nine districts across Uttar Pradesh. During his tenure with the government, Aggarwal has 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, Ministry of Commerce. He also played an instrumental role in the digital transformation of India’s IP offices, said the statement.
On Aggarwal’s appointment, Ajit Mohan said that Facebook is an ally for the exciting economic and social transformation that India is witnessing, with digital playing a central role. “We realise we are deeply immersed in the fabric of India and we have the opportunity to help build a more inclusive and safe internet that benefits everyone in the country. I’m thrilled that Rajiv is joining us to lead the Public Policy team,” he added.
Bringin his rich administrative and policymaking experience to the table, Rajiv Aggarwal will help further our mission to build transparency, accountability, empowered and safe communities, said Mohan.