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


Geeta leads the 3D Program for Girls and Women and is Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee (IOAC) for WHO’s health emergencies program. Currently, she is Chair of the Board of Directors of Kalanidhi Dance, an Indian classical dance company based in Maryland. Previously, Geeta served as Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF for five years and as a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a year. Prior to that, for two decades, Geeta worked at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and served as its president from 1996 to 2010. She has received numerous awards, including Harvard University’s 2006 Anne Roe Award and the 2007 Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award. Geeta 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


Sia is responsible for strategic direction, program design and partnerships at the 3D Program. Her work has involved public policy, advocacy, training and capacity building, institutional strengthening, and strategic communications on gender, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS, education, and economic development. She has over 25 years of experience working in international development, with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the Population Council, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and the International Women’s Health Coalition. Prior to joining the 3D Program, Sia served as a Senior Gender Consultant with UNICEF and as Senior Technical Editor/Writer with the University of Central Asia of the Aga Khan Development Network. Sia has a Master of Social Services (Clinical) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honors) from Bryn Mawr College.

Vanessa Coello


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 executive administration that spans the private and public sector, Vanessa brings a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in effective executive 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


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.

Lead Partner—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.

Shweta Bankar

Technical Specialist

Shweta serves as the program coordinator for the 3D Program in Pune. She has training in clinical psychology and counseling and experience working in low income, urban communities. Shweta worked as a school counselor for two years, giving her valuable insight into gender dynamics between adolescent girls and boys. Her research experience includes qualitative research using qualitative tools, carrying out Participatory Learning Activities in communities, and analyzing qualitative data using Atlas Ti. At ICRW, Shweta provides technical support in research and evaluation and program management on gender equality, reproductive health, gender based violence, and women’s economic empowerment. Shweta has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University in Pune, India.

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.

Madhu Deshmukh

ICRW Team Advisor

Madhu advises the ICRW team in the design and implementation of 3D's rural programs in India. She brings over 25 years of experience in over 40 countries on HIV/AIDS, maternal, sexual and reproductive health, gender, women’s empowerment and human rights. Madhu is currently the CEO of CARE India, and has served in leadership positions with the Government of India, UNDP, UNAIDS/WHO and DFID. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer for ICRW’s Asia Regional Office. Previously, she was Director for mHealth, Gender and MNCH at the UN Foundation, and Global Director for HIV and AIDS, Chief of Party for an MNCH project in Bihar, India, and Team Leader for Policy Analysis at CARE. Madhu holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India.

Other 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.


Poornima Chikarmane

Consultant, Access to Social Services

Ranjit Gadgil

Consultant, Solid Waste Management Study

Manisha Gupte

Senior Consultant

Kajal Jain

Consultant, Rural Programs

Rekha Mehra

Senior Consultant, Gender and Economic Empowerment

Sanskriti Menon

Consultant, Solid Waste Management Study

Lakshmi Narayanan

Senior Consultant, Urban Programs

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


Mental health advocate,
Theatre and film actor

Anand Bang


Health Advisor
Tata Trust

Suneeta Dhar


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

Rati Forbes


Director, Forbes Marshall

Nitin Kareer


Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra

Govind Kelkar


Senior Advisor, Women, Land and Productive Assets

A.K. Shiva Kumar


Global Co-Chair
Know Violence

Anu Madgavkar


McKinsey Global Institute

P.M. Nair


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

Anupama Pandey


Specialist, Documentation and Communication
Delhi Government

Jaya Sagade


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

Kalpana Sharma


Independent journalist

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

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