Who We Are


Partnerships lie at the heart of 3D. Our core team is based in Washington, DC, USA, and ICRW Asia is our lead partner in India. We work with advisors and partners across India, engage a pool of expert consultants, and are guided by our national advisory committee.


3D Team

Geeta Rao Gupta

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Geeta is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and Executive Director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women. She is also a member of the WHO Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for health emergencies. In 2017 she was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and served as co-Chair of the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the World Bank. From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Rao Gupta served as Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF and from 2010 to 2011 was a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, for over a decade, Ms. Rao Gupta was the president of the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to using research to shape international development policies and programs to empower women and girls. Under her leadership, ICRW catalyzed policy and programmatic change for women and children around the globe. Over the course of her career, Ms. Rao Gupta has served on several boards, such as the Global Partnership for Education, GAVI, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the MAC AIDS Fund. She has been 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. Rao Gupta earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Bangalore University and an M.Phil. and M.A. from the University of Delhi in India.

Sia Nowrojee

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Sia is the Program Director for the 3D Program for Girls and Women, where she is responsible for strategic direction, program management and partnerships, and leads the programmatic focus on violence against women and girls in public spaces. Sia has over 25 years of experience working in international development, with organizations such as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Center for Research on Women, the Population Council, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and the International Women’s Health Coalition. Her work has involved public policy, advocacy, training and capacity building, institutional strengthening, and strategic communications, with a focus on gender, reproductive and sexual health and rights, violence against girls and women, HIV/AIDS and education. Prior to joining the 3D Program, Sia served as a Senior Gender Consultant with UNICEF, where she contributed to the implementation of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and the design of its gender capacity development program. Earlier, she served as Senior Technical Writer and Editor with agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, including the University of Central Asia and the Global Centre for Pluralism. Sia serves as the co-chair of the Learning Working Group of the Movement for Community-Led Development. She has a Master of Social Services (Clinical) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honors) from Bryn Mawr College.

Vanessa Coello

SENIOR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Vanessa is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Program office, managing the Program’s emerging communications platforms and designing many of the documents produced by the Program. With a background in office administration that spans the private and public sector, Vanessa brings a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in effective program management and support. She has a long-standing interest in women’s empowerment and equity programming at the intersection of race, culture, and class, serving as a founding member of a race, equity, diversity and inclusion initiative at a prior organization. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America.

Kali Shebi

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Kali is a Senior Associate with the 3D Program and the UN Foundation. With 3D, Kali conducts research to shape the operational frameworks on public safety and economic empowerment for girls and women globally and in India, and provides project management support. Previously, Kali worked as a Research Associate with the 3D Program, conducting a review of the evidence on what works for the economic empowerment of women and girls. With experience in both quantitative and qualitative research and a passion to advance women’s opportunities, Kali has extensively researched women’s competitive inclination in leadership positions, the gender gap in financial inclusion, intra-household resource allocation and the overall empowerment of women through education, employment and asset ownership. Kali holds a Master of Science degree in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Conflict, Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.


ICRW Asia

ICRW’s mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs. ICRW’s Asia Regional Office in New Delhi collaborates closely with local, regional and international partners to undertake field research and program work and communicates findings and experience to policymakers through advocacy efforts that are grounded in sound evidence and data. Visit Website

Ravi Verma

Regional Director

Ravi provides overall guidance and technical support to the ICRW 3D team with a focus on data, research and evaluation. Working closely with government departments, civil society and corporate partners, Ravi ensures strategic partnerships, advocacy and program development. Over the past three decades, Ravi has worked and published extensively on gender equality, including girls’ and women’s safety, reproductive and sexual rights, and economic empowerment in India and other countries in Asia. Ravi serves on various strategic national and international bodies and research and program advisory committees and review boards. He has served as a member of High Level Committee on the Status of Women, Government of India and the Rights & Empowerment working group of the FP2020 Initiative. Ravi holds a Doctorate degree in Social Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Sapna Kedia

Technical Specialist

Sapna supports the 3D team in its research and documentation activities. She is passionate about gender and governance and believes that the 3D Program brings the two together. Sapna has worked in the development sector as a researcher for the past seven years. She has conducted research and documented innovations in the field of improving public service delivery and promoting social inclusion in India. These innovations span sectors -national and state governments, international organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector, and cover themes ranging from health, education, environment, child development, gender and ICT for development. Currently, at ICRW, Sapna coordinates and conducts qualitative research studies on health and reproductive rights. Sapna holds a Masters in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, India.

Shailaja Aralkar

Consultant

Shailaja supports the efforts of the 3D Program in Pune, working with the Pune Zilla Parishad and block- and village-level officials to facilitate the implementation of program activities. Shailaja has worked with rights-based NGOs in various capacities and has been involved in advocacy with the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India on issues such as health, education and social security, particularly for marginalized and unorganized workers, with a focus on women workers. Shailaja has worked with a range of institutions in India, including the Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP), the National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), SWaCH and Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), the trade union of waste pickers in Pune, Maharashtra. She has a Masters degree in Social Work from the Karve Institute of Social Services at Pune University, and received a diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Ranade Institute at Pune University.


Partners

We work closely with our partners in government, civil society and the private sector at the national, district and municipal levels in India, as well as international organizations.

Consultants

Manisha Gupte

Senior Consultant, Rural Programs

Kajal Jain

Consultant, Rural Programs

Poornima Chikarmane

Consultant, Urban Programs - Social Inclusion

Sanskriti Menon

Consultant, Urban Programs - Solid Waste Management Study

Lakshmi Narayanan

Senior Consultant, Urban Programs

Rekha Mehra

Senior Consultant, Gender and Economic Empowerment


3D Program Advisory Committee

The 3D Program Advisory Committee, India, provides vital strategic, technical and ambassadorial support in the development, implementation and sustainability of the 3D Program’s work in Pune District and Pune City. It is comprised of esteemed experts and leaders from diverse, influential sectors of Indian society.

Mohan Agashe

PUNE

Mental health advocate,
Theatre and film actor

Anand Bang

MUMBAI

Health Advisor
Tata Trust

Suneeta Dhar

DELHI

Senior Advisor, JAGORI - Women’s Training & Resource Centre

Rati Forbes

PUNE

Director, Forbes Marshall

Ratnakar Gaikwad

PUNE

Managing Director, Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Fdn.

Nitin Kareer

MUMBAI

Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra

Govind Kelkar

DELHI

Senior Advisor, Women, Land and Productive Assets
Landesa

A.K. Shiva Kumar

DELHI

Global Co-Chair
Know Violence

Anu Madgavkar

MUMBAI

Partner
McKinsey Global Institute

P.M. Nair

CHENNAI

Indian Police Service (Retired)
Chair Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Anupama Pandey

DELHI

Specialist, Documentation and Communication
Delhi Government

Jaya Sagade

PUNE

Director, Centre for Women's Studies
India Law Society Law College

Kalpana Sharma

MUMBAI

Independent journalist

The 3D Program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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