Kavita Ramdas


Principal | Activist in Residence

KNR Sisters | Global Fund for Women

Kavita N. Ramdas is a globally recognized advocate for gender equity and justice. She was recently named Activist in Residence at the Global Fund for Women and is a visiting professor at the Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. 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 currently provides high-level consulting advice and guidance on initiatives to defend democracy and protect human rights both within the US and across the globe. She recently completed an independent assessment of the United Nations ability to deliver on Gender Equality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Kavita concluded a brief stint with a family foundation in 2021 after serving as the Director of the Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations. During her time at OSF, the foundation made 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; and has served 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 India; and as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.