Gopal Khanna, MBA, was sworn in as the 5th Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on May 9, 2017. Director Khanna leads the Agency's mission of producing evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and working within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other Federal, State, and local partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.
Mr. Khanna’s career spans work in industry, government, and technology start-ups. He has worked for two presidents and two governors in senior policy and leadership positions. He has led enterprise transformation initiatives in federal and state government, and in the private sector.
Mr. Khanna was a Senior Fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He was founder of Minnesota Cyber Security Summit and worked with NIST and Minnesota’s bio-tech industry to develop cyber security guidelines to ensure safe use of networked medical devices at the point of care. He is also founder and chairman-emeritus of Minnesota Innovation Lab.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Khanna was director of the FRAMEWORK Project that developed the vision for Illinois' Healthcare and Human Services Innovation Incubator (HHSi2), an initiative of Governor Bruce Rauner. Mr. Khanna led a cross-functional team to design the build out of a secure data platform to provide a 360-degree view of each person and family receiving state social services, and to support research and analysis for policymakers.
Earlier, Mr. Khanna was a member of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's Cabinet and the State's first chief information officer. Prior to that, he served in the second Bush Administration in a number of senior executive positions, including chief information officer and chief financial officer for the Peace Corps, and chief financial officer of the Executive Office of the President's Office of Administration.
Mr. Khanna earned a BA in economics, mathematics, and political science from Christ Church College in Kanpur, India, and holds a MBA from the University of Maine. Mr. Khanna served as president of the National Association of State CIOs from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Khanna has been recognized for his innovative and transformational work in government and business in publications including Computerworld, Government Technology, Information Week and Twin Cities Business. Mr. Khanna was also named as a “Doer, Dreamer, and Driver” in Government Technology's listing of Top 25 public sector innovators.