board of directors
Aruna Rao (Gender at Work Co-Founder and former Executive Director) is a gender and development expert with over 30 years' experience in pioneering new approaches to gender and institutional change. Beginning with her work with BRAC in Bangladesh, she has gone on to lead the boards of directors of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and CIVICUS, as well as serving 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. She has also written extensively on gender and institutional change, including Gender at Work: Theory and Practice for 21st Century Organizations (2016), co-authored with Joanne Sandler, David Kelleher and Carol Miller and Gender at Work: Organizational Change for Equality co-authored with David Kelleher and Rieky Stuart (1999). Aruna is also the Co-founder of the Gender at Work Podcast, which seeks to unite activist voices around the world to discuss emerging ideas in Gender and Development to point to new ways of thinking and working.
Anne Marie is currently Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs in New York University’s School of Professional Studies. She teaches a number of graduate courses on topics including corruption and anti-corruption, gender and international affairs, gender and development and women’s peacemaking and peacebuilding. Previously she was Chief Advisor on Women Peace and Security at UN Women, and Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Anne Marie is widely published. Her books include: Governing Women: Women in Politics and Governance in Development (2009, Routledge), and Reinventing Accountability: Making Democracy Work for Human Development (Palgrave, 2005) (co-authored with Rob Jenkins).
Virisila Buadromo is a Fijian feminist and was recently appointed one of two co-leads of the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights Asia and Pacific. Her new role is focused on strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation. Prior to joining UAF AP, Virisila freelanced as a feminist facilitator, trainer and gender advisor in the Pacific and Asia focusing on organisational strengthening and supporting feminist coalitions and movements in the two regions. Virisila's feminist beginnings were nurtured at the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, a cutting-edge feminist organisation that she led for more than 13 years.
Chand Narayan is an Organization Development expert and a Leadership Coach. As the Founder and Principal Consultant of HUM Consulting, he specializes in helping Founders’ of Start-ups, and Small & Medium Enterprises build ‘Outstanding Organizations’. An Engineer by initial education and experience (Ingersoll Rand, Alfa Laval, CIAT) - he was inspired by Ricardo Semler’s experience documented in his book ‘Maverick’ to specialize in HR, and make workplace practices democratic and receptive to the “highest” human values. His HR and Training career started with GE where he was recognized for outstanding performance and demonstration of GE Values in the workplace. In his last corporate role as Head of HR and Group Head of OD – he helped in scaling up CNBC TV18 into Network18 - one of the largest Media Conglomerates in India, and also making it the best place to work in Media in India in the ‘Great Place to Work’ awards. Chand enjoys reading. The first book that had a huge impact on him was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. The latest book that he liked was ‘The Ten Types of Human’ by Dexter Dias. He is currently learning Marshall Rosenberg’s ‘Non Violent Communication’.
Deputy Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University. Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala. Over 20 years of teaching and research in the field of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University in the field of gender and politics, livelihood and cultural studies. Recent publications include a book entitled: Localised or Localising Democracy: Gender and the Politics of Decentralisation in Contemporary Uganda and two books co-edited: Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 elections with J. Oloka Onyango, and Gender, Poverty and Social Transformation: Reflections on Fractures and Continuities in Contemporary Uganda with Bantebya et al. 2014.
May Miller-Dawkins is a researcher, advocate and coalition builder who works to improve the accountability of governments and corporations to citizens. She was most recently the Director of the Governance and Transparency Initiative at The B Team, a global advocacy group of progressive business and civic leaders. She was previously part of Corelab, a social change consulting collective where she worked with Rhize, Malala Fund, VRL, Global Witness, Transparency International, ActionAid, UNICEF, ODI and Melbourne University amongst others. Before that she was head of research for Oxfam Australia where she was also the management lead for gender justice. She has written and published on social change processes, vulnerabilities and resilience to economic shocks including from a gender perspective, and private-hybrid governance. She co-convenes the Internationalistas network of women working in global justice.
Amelia joins the G@W Board with passion for fundraising as a vehicle for social change. She has over 20 years of both fundraising and program experience working with a range of international organizations, including Global Fund for Women, Room to Read, and the Asia Foundation. Drawing on her experience as both a fundraiser and a programmer, Amelia aims to mobilize networks and resources worldwide that will enable G@W and the international women's movement to create positive social change. Amelia graduated with a master in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she focused on international development and political economy, as well as a bachelor of arts in economics from Cornell University.