Facebook India appoints Ex IAS officer Rajiv Aggarwal as head of Public Policy

Facebook India on Monday ( September 20) said it has appointed former-IAS officer and former Uber executive Rajiv Aggarwal as the Director of Public Policy. He succeeds Ankhi Das, who relinquished in October last year. She was embroiled in a controversy for opposing the enforcement of hate-speech rules against right-wing leaders in the country.

Rajiv Aggarwal, in this role, will define and lead important policy development initiatives for Facebook in India on an agenda that covers user safety, data protection and privacy, inclusion and internet governance, a statement said. In this post, Aggarwal will report to Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook India, and will be a part of the India leadership team, the statement added.

His last assignment was with Uber, where he was the head of Public Policy for India and South Asia, the statement said.  Aggarwal comes with 26 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS), and has worked as a District Magistrate in nine districts across the State of Uttar Pradesh.

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, the statement added.


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