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Rahim Kanani is Founder and President of Rahim Kanani Media Group, Inc, a strategic communications firm. Rahim also serves as a contributor to Trust.org of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and is a founding member of the religion & geopolitics advisory council at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Prior, Rahim spent more than 3 years as a leadership contributor to Forbes.com, publishing more than 200 interviews with the world’s foremost innovators and executives, reaching nearly 1M people. He has interviewed more than 350 global leaders to date, and some of his interviewees over the years include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett, Administrator of USAID Rajiv Shah, Administrator of UNDP and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, President of Harvard University Drew Faust, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin, Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia, Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron, world-renowned Spanish chef José Andrés, and billionaire philanthropists Jeff Skoll, Michael Bloomberg, and Eli Broad. Rahim has also interviewed celebrities such as American rap icon Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, international recording artist Shakira, Adrian Grenier of HBO’s Entourage, television and film actress Eva Longoria, CEO and designer of American lifestyle brand Tory Burch, and 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys on their philanthropic efforts.
Rahim also served as the first online editorial and partnerships manager for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, a year-round platform to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. A program of the Skoll Foundation, the Skoll World Forum is held annually in Oxford, UK, and attracts nearly 1,000 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges.
As chief editor, Rahim led the editorial direction and strategy of the platform, working with hundreds of leading experts and authorities from around the world on 500 articles and opinion pieces spanning global health, education, food security, climate change, human rights, women and girls, and many other issues. Additionally, Rahim led the content and media outreach strategy, forging world-class partnerships with Forbes, Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Reuters, the Atlantic, CNN, Al Jazeera, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey & Company, Johnson & Johnson, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Getty Images, among many other top-tier organizations. In under two years, Skoll World Forum-branded content totaled nearly 2M pageviews across 30+ partner platforms, tremendously expanding the visibility of the Skoll World Forum and Skoll Foundation to important audiences worldwide.