Kavita Ramdas served as president and CEO of Global Fund for Women from 1996 to 2010. Subsequently, she was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law and at the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She then served as the executive director of Ripples to Waves, a program at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University focusing on social entrepreneurship and development.
Currently, Kavita is the Ford Foundation’s representative in New Delhi. She also serves as a trustee of Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and sits on the board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the African Women’s Development Fund USA. She also chairs the Women in Public Service Initiative, a joint effort by the U.S. State Department and an alliance of women’s colleges. Kavita is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and chairs the expert working group of the Council of Global Leaders for Reproductive Health.
Kavita received academic training at Delhi University. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs with a focus on international development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in politics and international relations from Mount Holyoke College.