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Jan 15

Moments of Voice for Malala
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Nov 27

Information and Communication Technology
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Half the Sky
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Aug 17

10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
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August 3

DFID Girls’ Education Challenge
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Kavita Ramdas Confirmed to Speak

We are excited to announce that AUDACIA Advisory Council member Kavita Ramdas will speak and share her expertise at the AUDACIA forum 2011 in New York.

Kavita N. Ramdas is the Executive Director of Ripples to Waves at the Social Entrepreneurship and Development Program Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL) Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). From 1996 to September 2010 she served as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Ramdas provided leadership and direction for the largest grantmaking foundation in the world focused exclusively on supporting international women’s human rights. During Ramdas’ tenure, Global Fund assets increased from $6 million to more than $20 million. Grantmaking has risen annually at a rate of 12 percent, and the number of countries in which the Global Fund has made grants has nearly tripled.

Ramdas extends her expertise in women’s human rights, social justice philanthropy, and international development to her diverse array of professional affiliations. She serves as a member of Princeton University's Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the Advisory Panel to the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and serves as an advisor to a number of organizations, including: Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative Human Rights Policy Group, the Council of Advisors on Gender Equity to the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the America India Foundation, and the Global Philanthropy Forum.

Ramdas received her academic training at Hindu College, Delhi University, Mount Holyoke College (B.A. 1985) and Princeton University where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the department of International Development Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1988). Ramdas is fluent in Hindi/Urdu, English and German and can converse in Tamil, Spanish and French.