Geeta Rao Gupta

Senior Fellow, Global Development Program,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Effective on April 12, 2010, Ms. Gupta will be leaving her role as president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and will join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Senior Fellow at their Global Development Program. An internationally renowned expert on gender and development, Ms. Gupta has more than 20 years of experience in women’s health and is a leading global authority on women’s role in development programs.

Ms. Gupta has been president of ICRW since 1997. Prior to becoming president, she held a number of positions with ICRW including consultant, researcher and officer. She is frequently consulted on issues related to AIDS prevention and women’s vulnerability to HIV and is a dynamic advocate for women’s economic and social empowerment to fight disease, poverty and hunger.

Ms. Gupta is frequently recognized for her commitment to quality research and dedication to the protection and fulfillment of women’s human rights. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Harvard University’s 2006 Anne Roe Award and the 2007 Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award.

Ms. Gupta currently serves as co-convener of the Social Drivers Working Group of aids2031, an international initiative commissioned by UNAIDS to chart a course for a global response to AIDS over the next twenty-five years. She is a member of the Moriah Fund Program Board, and a member of the Board of Advisors for both the Nike Foundation and the Global Health Corps.

Ms. Gupta holds a PhD in social psychology from Bangalore University, an MPhil, MA and BA in psychology from the University of Delhi.