Geeta Rao Gupta
Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director (Programmes), joined UNICEF in June 2011. She brings over 20 years of experience in international development programming, advocacy and research to the UN children’s agency. Geeta Gupta served as a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2010 to 2011. From 1996 to 2010, Geeta was the president of the International Centre for Research on Women. Under her leadership, the ICRW catalyzed policy and programmatic change for women and children around the globe.
Geeta Rao Gupta 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. Trained as a Bharatanatyam dancer, Geeta is an avid supporter of Indian classical dance.
Dr. Rita Khanna
Dr. Rita Khanna is President of International Technology Transfer Management and General Counsel of Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation. Prior to this she was Director of Technology Transfer at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Smithsonian Institution, Max-Volmer Institute (Germany) and University of Illinois. She is an advisor to the World Bank’s Development Gateway and serves on the Board of several organizations, including the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and Public Interest Intellectual Property Associates (PIIPA). She has had a long-standing interest and involvement in promoting Indian dance and music in the Washington D.C. area.
Rajiv is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo Arc and Indigo Arc Medical. Rajiv has over 20 years experience as a technologist and entrepreneur. As a Managing Partner at Indigo Arc, LLC. he leads business development and technical architecture teams. In addition to working on mission-critical infrastructure systems, Rajiv also works with companies to help them with their strategies for cloud computing and cyber security. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. But most importantly, Rajiv is a dedicated Kuchipudi dad, spending countless hours driving his daughter to and from dance.
Alka Khanna has an extensive background in the arts and education. She is a founding member of Natya Bharati, the oldest Indian theater group in the United States established in 1984, and has held various executive positions including President. She now serves on its Board. During her recent position at Asia Society Washington, she was responsible for organizing arts and culture programs with a focus on the Indian subcontinent, educational activities particularly with universities and think tanks, as well as special events. She established the Global India Series, through which she orchestrated a wide array of presentations and dialogues on Indian arts as well as business and policy issues. Earlier, Alka managed a US Department of Education initiative providing research-based professional development for educators. In addition, she helped develop a new initiative for D.C. Public schools to improve mathematics proficiency among bilingual students. She has many years of teaching experience, both with children and adults in India, the United States and China. Alka has advanced degrees in Applied Social Psychology from George Washington University and in Education from Benaras Hindu University. During her college days she received training in Bharatnatyam from Guru CV Chandrasekhar. She currently divides her time between Washington DC and New Delhi.
Gouri Mirpuri is passionate about social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and environmental sustainability. She has combined these interests in award-winning The Learning Farm, a unique residential farm outside Jakarta which teaches organic agriculture and entrepreneurial skills to vulnerable youth in Indonesia.
Gouri also co-founded the Impact HUB in Singapore, the first co-working space for social entrepreneurs in South East Asia. Today she is mentor and advisor to the social startups at a global incubator, and sits on the board of several foundations that support good causes.
Gouri is passionate about traditional performance arts and was on Advisor to the Jakarta International Dance Festival for 6 years. Gouri lives in Washington DC, although her heart and her life’s work remain firmly in Asia. She is a wife, mother of two and an avid tennis player.