Aruna Rao

What Aruna does with G@W

Aruna Rao, AssociateAruna co-founded Gender at Work with David Kelleher in 2001. She is Executive Director and ex-officio Board Member.

Where else she has worked

Aruna was a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Global Gender Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University from 2012-2013. She was the Leader of the BRAC Gender Team in Bangladesh (1994-1996) and the Population Council’s Asia Regional Coordinator for Gender and Development, based in Bangkok from 1984 to 1990. She was Board Chair of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation (2003-2007), Board Chair of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (1994-1997), and a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, from 1984-85.

Recent Writings

  • “The Elephant in the Room and the Dragon at the Gate: Strategies for Gender Equality in the 21st Century”, co-author Joanne Sandler in Gender & Development, November 2012.
  • “Sustaining Women’s Agricultural Livelihoods: Why Can’t Global Institutions Get it Right?” in Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces gained, Spaces lost, Wendy Harcourt (ed.), London, Palgrave, June 2012
  • “Moving Pieces and Unpredictable Results – Feminist Activism in Development Bureaucracies,” in Strategies of Feminist Bureaucrats: United Nations Experiences, IDS Working Paper, Volume 2012, No. 397, July 2012

Dreams & Passions

“To sing the blues like Nina Simone and rock like Janis Joplin! Also, to live life with joyful bravery.”


Skype: arunaprao