MUMBAI: Facebook announced the appointment of Rajiv Aggarwal, a former IAS officer, as Director of Public Policy on Monday. Aggarwal will oversee critical policy development projects for the social media giant in India, including user safety, data protection, privacy, inclusion, and internet governance.
Aggarwal will be a member of the India leadership team and report to Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director, Facebook India.
We acknowledge that we are firmly embedded in India’s fabric and we have the chance to contribute to the creation of a more accessible and secure internet that benefits all citizens. I am ecstatic that Rajiv will be leading the Public Policy team. Rajiv’s expertise and experience will contribute in the advancement of our aim to create transparent, accountable, empowered, and safe communities, all of which we see as our obligation, according to Mohan.
Aggarwal has 26 years of service as an IAS officer. As Joint Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (M/o Commerce), he managed India’s first national policy on IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights) and was instrumental in the digitalization of India’s IP offices during his stint as an administrative officer.
In addition to being the country’s principal negotiator on IPRs with other countries, he has been intimately connected with the India-US bilateral trade conference.
He most recently worked at Uber as the Head of Public Policy for India and South Asia.
Aggarwal’s hiring follows a flurry of senior and executive hires in recent months in marketing, alliances, communications, and other critical areas, indicating the company’s growing commitment to India.