Ashvin Dayal

Associate Vice President, Managing Director, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation

Ashvin Dayal joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008. As Associate Vice President, Managing Director, Asia, he manages the Foundation’s regional office based in Bangkok, Thailand, and oversees work across Asia, strengthening and complementing the Foundation’s initiatives around the globe. Ashvin leads a major initiative aimed at building the capacity of cities to cope with the effects of climate change, through the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Ashvin also leads the Foundation’s SPEED initiative aimed at scaling up decentralized renewable energy solutions for off-grid rural communities, and oversees global efforts in Asia on strengthening institutional capacities for achieving universal health coverage, advancing cross-border collaboration in disease surveillance, and promoting an enabling environment for the growth of impact investing and philanthropy.

Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Dayal held various leadership roles over fifteen years with the British aid organization Oxfam Great Britain. He most recently headed their South Asia operations from New Delhi, India, where he was responsible for developing and managing strategy and programs focusing on disaster management, climate change resilience, private sector engagement, agricultural development, and promoting women’s economic leadership. He also let a process that enabled the creation of Oxfam India, now an independent affiliate of Oxfam International. Prior to that he was Oxfam’s East Asia Director, where, among other responsibilities, he led their largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia. In addition to his extensive work experience across Asia, Mr. Dayal spent several years as a program manager for Oxfam in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, covering post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Mr. Dayal holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to India, Thailand and the UK, he has lived in Israel and the United States.