Raina Kumra

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Born1977 (age 45–46)
Other namesRaina Kumra Gardiner
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Bsc in Film Production
  • MA in Interactive Telecommunications
  • Master in Design Studies
Alma mater
  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Harvard University

Raina Kumra (born 1977), also known as Raina Kumra Gardiner, is CEO of Juggernaut, a consulting firm focused on digital design, and Managing Director of The Fund LA, a pooled investment vehicle for early stage investments.[1][2] She was co-founder of Internet access provider start-up Mavin, where she also oversaw UX/UI, brand, marketing, and policy strategy.[3][4]

Prior to Mavin, Kumra worked at advertising firms BBH and R/GA and was Director of Digital Strategies at ad agency Wieden+Kennedy.[3][5] She is the former director of Omidyar Network’s Tech Ethics practice.[6] She conceived of and co-produced the guide The Ethical OS: A Guide to Anticipating the Future Impact of Today’s Technology.[6]

Kumra worked in the Obama administration as Co-Director of Innovation at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) responsible for overseeing US civilian international media, including the Voice of America, Radio y Television Marti, Radio Free Europe, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and Radio Free Asia.[3][5][7] Starting in 2011, she served as Senior New Media Advisor at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy in the Innovation Division.[3][7] She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-profit US-based think tank.[3][8]

She is a Senior Fellow with the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.[3] Kumra founded Light-Up Malawi, a non-profit organization advocating policy reform and job creation in the country of Malawi through renewable solar, biomass, and wind energy.[5][9]

Kumra earned a Bachelor of Science in Film Production from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s International Telecommunications Program, and a Master in Design Studies for Digital Applications in Urban Planning and Architecture from Harvard University.[3][5][9]

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  1. Bergman, Ben (2020-04-30). "VC for Those Who Eschew VC, 'The Fund' Launches in Los Angeles". dot.LA. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Ha, Anthony (2020-04-30). "Early-stage investor The Fund expands beyond NYC with new partners in LA and London". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Raina Kumra Gardiner". Annenberg Innovation Lab. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  4. 2015-07-30. "Mavin Inc launches Gigato app to reduce Internet access costs". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Safian, Robert (2012-01-09). "This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Waters, Cara (2019-05-23). "'The incentives are really misaligned': How the tech sector has an ethics problem". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Robert Bole and Raina Kumra Co-Leaders of Digital Innovations at the BBG". USAGM. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  8. Velayanikal, Malavika (2015-07-29). "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". Tech In Asia. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Digital strategist who also dined with Obama". Asia Biz Today. 2016-02-02. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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