Kavita N. Ramdas served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women from 1996 to 2010. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the Global Fund for Women. Last fall, she was appointed visiting scholar and fellow to Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Ramdas also chairs the Expert Working Group of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health of the Aspen Institute.
Prior to the Global Fund, Ramdas served with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation leading programs in economic development, reproductive health, and population. She is the recipient of numerous philanthropic and leadership awards, and is a respected and prolific commentator, writer, and speaker on issues related to human rights, development, environment and population, gender equality and justice, and philanthropy.
Ramdas serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Princeton University, and Mount Holyoke College and recently completed her term as a member of the first-ever advisory panel to the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She serves on several other advisory councils, including the Global Health Initiative for the University of Chicago, the Asian University for Women, and the African Women Millennium Initiative on Poverty and Human Rights.
Ramdas was born and raised in India and educated at Delhi University, Mount Holyoke College, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.