2022 Leadership Journey Project: Envisioning a gender transformative approach to building women leaders
Working in the field of development was a dream, a passion, an insistence, ever since I can remember. Since an early age, I have traveled and lived across this vast country with my father who worked for the government. I have lived in many cities of India- and all my travels led to a discouraging realization that I was amongst India’s small privileged population that could take health and good education, for granted. I was saddened at the thought of inequity and disparity in the way that health, education and prosperity were divided amongst the people of my country and the world. I was inspired to dedicate my life to making a difference, as small as it may be, in the lives of as many individuals as I possibly could. And that charted the course of my professional life. With a Masters in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, I have acquired public health management skills extensively, both academically as well as experientially, working for 20 years for international NGOs, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the United States Agency for International Development, where I presently serve.