Michael Kocher has been the General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), based in Geneva, since 2013. He leads AKF’s multi-sector efforts in agriculture and food security, economic inclusion, education, early childhood development, health and nutrition, and civil society across 20 countries of South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, North America and Western Europe. Within these contexts, Mr. Kocher closely engages AKF’s sister agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and a broad range of external partners.
Before joining AKF, Mr. Kocher was the Vice President of International Programmes at the International Rescue Committee in New York City, where he led efforts in its multi-sector development, emergency response, and support for refugees and internally displaced persons. His field assignments have been extensive, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Kenya, South Sudan, Haiti, Bosnia and other places.
He received his B.A. in Literature from Kalamazoo College and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.