Kavita N. Ramdas

Director, Women’s Rights Program at Open Society Foundations
New York, NY

Kavita N. Ramdas is an internationally recognized leader, inspirational speaker, and advocate for gender equity and justice. She currently serves as Director, Women’s Rights Program at Open Society Foundations. She is also the founder of KNR Sisters, a consulting venture working to advance social justice movements and philanthropy as a force for social change. Previously, Ramdas served as senior advisor to the President of the Ford Foundation and led the Ford Foundation's work in South Asia as the first woman Representative in New Delhi.

A prominent figure in women’s rights, advocacy and public affairs, Ramdas was a featured panelist at “Chain Reaction: Women in Security” in June 2016, in which women involved in arms control and nuclear security efforts came together to discuss pressing nuclear weapons and global security issues. She earned an MA in public affairs with a focus on international development from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA in politics and international relations from Mount Holyoke.