Geeta Rao Gupta

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Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, is a leading authority on women's role in development, an advocate for women's empowerment and women's human rights, and an internationally recognized expert on women and HIV/AIDS. She brings 20 years of experience in research and program development to the gender and development field.

Dr. Rao Gupta, affiliated with ICRW since 1988, has served as its president since 1997. While at its helm, she has recommitted ICRW to conducting research in partnership with developing country researchers and to using research results to inform policymakers at home and abroad. Her work has covered a broad span of health-related topics including adolescent sexuality and fertility, the unmet need for family planning, and adolescent and maternal nutrition. In the early '90s, she directed ICRW's groundbreaking 15-country research project on women and AIDS. Before coming to ICRW, Dr. Rao Gupta was a research officer at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay, India. Previous to that, she taught for four years at several Indian universities and worked for three years as a mental health counselor and administrator in New Delhi.

Dr. Rao Gupta serves on the boards of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Ms. Foundation for Women. A native of India, she earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Bangalore University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Delhi, and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi.

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