Ranjiv is the Project Director of the Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program. REAL-Water strives to improve the evidence base for policies and interventions that increase access to safe, affordable, and sustainable rural water services across the developing world. It is supported by a 5-year, $19 million grant to Aquaya from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). REAL-Water partners from the United States, Africa, India, and Europe will conduct field research in Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Ranjiv co-founded Aquaya in 2005 following a fellowship with the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the United States Secretary of State. He served as Aquaya’s Executive Director from 2009–2021. Previously, he worked as a research scientist at Stanford University in California and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France.
Ranjiv holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MS and BS from the University of California, Davis.