Rajakumari Jandhyala’s remarkable 25 year career makes her uniquely qualified for her next venture, YAATRA Power – a startup that will bring power to accelerate economic productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Listen as Felena Hanson, Founder of Hera Hub, talks with her about her journey which includes negotiating peace agreements with rebel groups, establishing a peace-keeping mission in Darfur and serving as a White House appointee as a senior official for Africa.

YAATRA, where she serves as founder and Managing Principal, is named for the Sanskrit word for “a journey with a purpose with the meaning yet to be unfolded.”

We are excited to watch her story unfold.

Ms. Rajakumari Jandhyala is the Founder and Managing Partner of Yaatra Ventures LLC, firm focused on energy infrastructure and power in emerging markets. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID in the Obama Administration with primary responsibility for directing and managing the day-to-day operations of a $US 5 Billion dollar Africa portfolio. Ms. Jandhyala was also President of Pangaea Consulting Inc., a firm affiliated with Johns Hopkins University to operationalize development research and mobilize project finance. She was the Managing Director for emerging markets in Clarety Global Investments. She has developed rare combination public and private sector skills to drive investments focus on returns and impact.

Ms. Jandhyala is a trained economist, with national security experience who started her career with the World Bank. She has Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.