Board of Directors

Andrea Cornwall is professor of anthropology and development in the school of global studies at the University of Sussex and director of the Pathways of Women's Empowerment programme. Andrea is a political anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of democracy, citizen participation, participatory research, gender and sexuality. She has worked on topics ranging from understanding women's perspectives on family planning, fertility and sexually transmitted infection in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, public engagement in UK regeneration programs, the quality of democratic deliberation in new democratic spaces in Brazil, the use and abuse of participatory appraisal in Kenya, domestic workers' rights activism in Brazil and sex workers' rights activism in India.

Aruna RaoAruna Rao (Co-Founder and Executive Director) is a gender and development expert with over 30 years' experience in pioneering new approaches to gender and institutional change. She has led the Boards of Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and CIVICUS and served on the Board of the UN Democracy Fund.  She has consulted widely with UN organizations, academic institutions, and development NGOs on gender & development and organizational change issues, and written extensively on gender and institutional change, including Gender at Work co-authored with David Kelleher and Rieky Stuart and published by Kumarian Press in 1999.    

David KelleherDavid Kelleher (Co-Founder and Senior Associate) has been an independent organizational consultant for more than three decades working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and United Nations agencies. He is the Afghanistan Coordinator for Amnesty International (Canada) and an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University. He has co-authored a number of books and articles on organizations and on gender equality.

Gagan SethiGagan Sethi is a development educator, practicing Organizational Development expert, and a gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country including Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social Justice, and Human and Institutional Development (HID) forum. He was part of a monitoring group set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to monitor human right violations. His professional expertise lies in human and institutional development training and designing.

Idelisse Malave most recently held a 12-year tenure as executive director of the Tides Foundation. During her more than 25-year career, Idelisse has litigated civil rights cases with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, represented women in family law matters and co-authored a bestseller entitled "Mother Daughter Revolution" (Bantam 1994). She was also a founding board member of the New York Women's Foundation and served a six-year term on the board of the Ms. Foundation. She is currently on the board of Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Maya Morsy, is the Gender Practice Team Leader for the Arab Region, UNDP. Maya worked for UN Women where she was Country Coordinator and the Head of Office of UN Women Egypt. She served for many years as the Country Program Manager for UNIFEM in Egypt and also worked with the UNDP Policy Unit, and USAID. She served in the Academic Field Facilitator for the undergraduate public administration and management department in the City University Program and in the Arab Academy for Science and technology through the Arab League. As a gender and public policy expert by training, Dr. Morsy has experience in women human rights, public policies, gender budgeting and performance based budget, gender planning, gender mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation, and human security with specialization on women human security.  

Srilatha Batliwala

Srilatha Batliwala (Board Co-Chair) is Associate Scholar for the program on Building Feminist Movements and Organizations at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She has over 35 years’ experience as a grassroots activist, gender equality advocate, and women’s studies teacher and researcher in India and internationally. She is known for her leadership of large-scale empowerment movements that mobilized and empowered thousands of the poorest women and communities in urban and rural areas in India. Srilatha has published extensively on a range of women’s issues, including the widely translated and used Changing Their World: Concepts And Practices Of Women’s Movements. Previously, Srilatha was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in New York and at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.