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sudarshana kundu

interim executive director

In addition to her current role as interim 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.

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carol miller

knowledge specialist

Carol Miller is an experienced researcher, learning specialist and evaluator on gender and women's rights, with a particular interest in feminist evaluation. After working with the UN as Research Associate at UNRISD, she continued promoting gender equality and women's rights issues as staff member and consultant with various NGOs, including ActionAid and Oxfam. She has published widely on gender and women's rights, most recently as a co-author of Gender at Work: Theory and Practice for 21st Century Organizations (Routledge 2016). Carol is also a Director and Co-founder of the charity Changing Minds: Promoting Excellence in Mental Health Practice which works to improve access to treatment for anxiety and mood disorders. She holds a D.Phil from Oxford University and a graduate degree in Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University, Canada.

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samira alishanova

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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michaela partridge

communications specialist

Michaela Partridge is a feminist campaigner, writer and creative consultant working to advance gender equality by combining her life-long passions – human rights and visual arts. Her work on social development and inclusion issues has been grounded in the context of rural India, where she previously lead the communications and advocacy portfolio for RGMVP, a poverty eradication and women’s empowerment project in Uttar Pradesh. As our communications point-person, Michaela has helped lead the visual impact of Gender at Work’s mission – from visualizing knowledge for data-driven reports and program documents to designing our new website and creating a visual identity for our podcast. Her passion project, Genderless Agenda, has developed alongside her as a creative agency that takes on purposeful projects to engage audiences to act. GA has worked with a range of non-profits, feminist networks and activists to help voice their causes, including gender equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, youth activism and anti-ageism among others. Michaela has a Bachelor’s in Art and Religion from Syracuse University in New York and a Master’s in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

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aayushi aggarwal

research and communications associate

Aayushi Aggarwal is a research and communications associate 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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iram zaidi

fundraising specialist (g@w india)

Iram handles fundraising (grant funding and business development), donor outreach and partnerships for Gender of Work. A seasoned communications professional who is also an avid human and women’s rights advocate, Iram’s 15-year career spans both the global corporate and social development sectors specializing in Public Relations, Outreach (Fundraising & Communications) & Advocacy. From 19997-2008, Iram was part of the PR industry working with multinational firms such as Integral PR, Burson-Marsteller and Edelman in India and the United Arab Emirates. Some of the high-profile clients she managed include Coca-Cola India, 3M Gulf, Xerox Middle East, Microsoft, General Electric and Emaar Properties. In 2005, Iram moved on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, Canada, before making a planned career transition into the social sector. Her inspiration was rooted in her passion to support and impact women’s issues at the local and global level through her knowledge, experience and skills. Since 2008, Iram has actively supported critical social and human rights issues including Violence against Women through diverse frontline and strategic roles in outreach, advocacy, program implementation and community support in leading Canadian and Indian NGOs including a philanthropic foundation. Iram holds a B.A. (Honours) in English from Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the Institute of Media Studies & Information Technology, New Delhi, India.

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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.