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sudarshana kundu

co-executive director

In addition to her current role as Co-Executive Director for Gender at Work Global, Sudarsana is also the Country Director for Gender at Work India, where she is working with a range of organizations to drive institutional change for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Through her work leading UN Women's programmes on gender and governance, she has worked with governments and CSOs across the globe, providing recommendations on enhancing service delivery for women. She has advised numerous organizations on developing strategies that ensure public and private sector actors have a stronger social and economic impact, particularly with respect to gender equality. In the past she has also worked with a Fortune 500 company where she pioneered several new organizational development initiatives. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and an MBA in Human Resources Management from the XLRI - Xavier School of Management, India. She is also an active board member of Nayi Disha, a not-for-profit focused on empowering parents who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

carol miller

co-executive director

Carol is a long-time feminist activist, researcher and evaluator. After completing her D.Phil. (Oxford) on WROs' international activism at the League of Nations, she began her career as a gender and development researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, later going on to do research and program evaluation with many INGOs, UN organizations and research institutes. As Program Learning Specialist and, later, Manager of the MEL Unit at Oxfam Canada, she became interested in how to apply feminist principles to monitoring, evaluation and learning. She joined Gender at Work as Knowledge Strategist in 2014 and since then has worked on numerous Gender at Work contracts and consultancies, primarily providing MEL support. Other work in recent years has included stints with Global Affairs Canada's Women's Voice and Leadership Program as feminist knowledge consultant, and with the new Canadian federal Department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) to help establish their Evaluation Unit. She has published widely on gender and women's rights, including several joint publications on gender and organizations with Gender at Work colleagues. She will lead the feminist monitoring, evaluation and learning cluster at Gender at Work.

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aayushi aggarwal

communications manager

Aayushi Aggarwal works as a communications manager at Gender at Work, and has previously been associated with UN Women and Forum-Asia. Aayushi holds a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University for Human Rights and Democratization; and a Masters in English Literature from Delhi University. At Utrecht University, Netherlands, Aayushi has conducted extensive research on LGBTI issues in Asia, and published on the contemporary socio-cultural and legal practises, pertaining to LGBTI community in India, considering India’s relations to International law and mandates. At the Delhi Commission for Women, Aayushi was a part of the team that worked in the three most endemic jurisdictions for gendered crimes in Delhi, and collected data for a quantitative analysis of crime response.

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samira alishanova

finance manager

Samira has worked as a finance manager in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. In the past, she worked with CHF International, a nonprofit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

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jagdish jalanila

finance & accounts manager (g@w india)

Jagdish has over 6 years of experience in finance & accounting. In the past, he has worked for FMCG sector, IT solution sector, and a consulting & auditing firm. Jagdish is a graduate from Osmania University, India and holds a Post-graduate certificate in Business Management from the XLRI – Xavier School of Management, India.

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ritu gupta

project manager

Ritu is an experienced project management trainer and has worked in the management consulting industry for over 9 years. She has a strong understanding of digital platforms and the ICT domain and her last assignment was with IBM India in the role of a project management analyst. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt (on process improvement) practitioner. She has completed her MA in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex and also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from XLRI, India. She has researched and written on the issues of child marriage, gender identities, marriage, Indian middle-class and material culture. Previous to joining Gender at Work, Ritu worked as research associate at IDS for a UN Women funded project. She also contributed to the project on Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID).