Topics: Peace and Human Rights
Social Change
Regional focus: Global
Origin: India
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Kavita N. Ramdas is a globally recognized advocate for gender equity and justice. She was an Activist in Residence at the Global Fund for Women and also served as a visiting professor at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs in 2023. Kavita is a speaker and thought commentator on the challenges facing philanthropy and civil society as we strive for equitable and sustainable development, and gender and racial equity. She provides high-level consulting advice and guidance on initiatives to defend democracy and protect human rights both within the U.S. and across the globe.

In 2023, Kavita completed an independent assessment of the UN ability to deliver on Gender Equality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, as Director of the Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations, she led the foundation to make its largest ever investment in gender justice with a $100 million commitment to the Generation Equality Forum in July 2021. She is the founder of KNR Sisters, a consulting venture for social justice movements and philanthropy; served briefly as the President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation; as Strategy Advisor for MADRE, an international women’s rights organization; at the Ford Foundation as both Senior Advisor on Global Strategy and Representative for South Asia; and as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.

Last updated: 2024