Dara Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber. As companies continue to recover from the pandemic, hard-hit businesses are focused on rebuilding better. Khosrowshahi joins Washington Post Live to discuss a new approach to support gig economy workers with benefits and protections while maintaining their flexibility to work when and where they want.

While Uber has seen a drop in ride-sharing, its food delivery service Uber Eats has seen a lot of growth during the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he believes Uber will be 50 precent ride share, 50 percent food delivery post-pandemic. “Initially, we saw an 85 percent drop in volumes…That volume has slowly but surely increased…Once we made sure that the service was safe we then turned to rebuilding…we’ve seen our delivery business, Uber Eats, accelerate very, very significantly. We had five years of adoptions essentially accelerate into six months.” (Washington Post Live)
Uber recently announced its plans to get people to the polls on Nov. 3 by giving them discounted rides and helping them find their polling place using a new in-app feature. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “Our agenda is to get out the vote. However you want to vote is a personal choice but we think more citizens engaging in the voting process is a big, big benefit...we will be providing thousands and thousands of free rides to polling stations, we’re engaging with our own drivers to make sure they can take a break and actually go out there and vote as well.” (Washington Post Live)
Uber has said all rides will be in electric vehicles by 2030 in the U.S., Canada and Europe. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company is incentivizing drivers to use environmentally friendly cars. “Drivers on Uber who drive either hybrid or an electric vehicle actually get paid an extra 50 cents to a buck a trip, sometimes a $1.50 a trip... It will add up to about $800 million in assistance that we provide our drivers…over the next 10 years.” (Washington Post Live)
A landmark labor law in California threatens to upend the app-based business model by requiring companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as company employees, instead of independent contractors. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he's pushing for gig economy worker benefits laws that would give drivers benefits while allowing them to keep their flexibility. “If you turn a gig worker into a full-time worker, they will have to give up very significant flexibility…Our question is why not put benefits and associate benefits with gig work…Our proposal is essentially what we call an independent contractor plus model…that has all of the companies that employ gig work…to essentially contribute to a benefits pool…plus some additional protections like accident coverage," Khosrowshahi said. (Washington Post Live)

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber, where he manages the company’s fast-growing business in 63 countries around the world and leads a global team of more than 22,000 employees.

Dara was previously CEO of Expedia, which he grew into one of the world’s largest online travel companies. A seasoned executive with a background in both engineering and finance, Dara oversaw a number of acquisitions that bolstered Expedia’s offerings and aggressively invested in mobile, which now accounts for more than half of Expedia’s traffic. He was also beloved by Expedia’s employees and named one of the Highest Rated CEOs on Glassdoor. Dara was promoted to Expedia CEO after serving as the Chief Financial Officer of IAC Travel, a division of IAC, which purchased Expedia in 2002 and spun it off in 2005. He was also instrumental in the expansion of IAC’s portfolio of travel brands.

Before joining IAC, Dara served as Vice President of Allen & Company and spent a number of years as an analyst. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Expedia and Catalyst.org and was previously on the board of the New York Times Company. He’s a passionate advocate for refugees in crisis around the world, having himself left Iran during the Iranian Revolution at the age of 9.

Dara grew up in Tarrytown, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University.