Leticia Ramos Shahani
Ms. Shahani has taught at a number of institutions in the Philippines and internationally, including the New School for Social Research in New York and the University of the Philippines. Her articles and other publications on issues such as culture, foreign policy, and social development and women include Moral Imperatives of National Renewal (Readings on the Moral Recovery Program), Towards the Pacific Century, Philippines Foreign Policy of Our Future, and The Philippines: The Land and the People. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Legion of Honor, the United Nations Population Award, the Rafael Salas Population and Development Award, and the Mother of the Year Award from the National Federation of Women’s Clubs in the Philippines.
Ms. Shahani received a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was awarded a Doctoral degree in Comparative Literature with highest honors from the University of Paris in 1962. She is the widow of the late Ranjee Shahani, a distinguished Indian writer and professor, and has three children.