Praveen Prasad is the Strategy & Special Programs Director at TrustAfrica, a leading Pan-African Foundation that focuses on democracy, governance, and economic development. She is a national of Fiji Islands and Australia and has worked for over 12 years in International economic development and public policy, with a background in leading conflict/post-conflict program management, strategy, coordinating complex multi-country emergency relief projects in senior management roles. Her field postings and experiences have included working in 17 countries in Africa. Prior to being based in New York, Praveen was based in Sudan, Malawi and Chad overseeing multiple large-scale relief and development programs. She previously held positions with the World Health Organization in Geneva and led the "Africa for Haiti" initiative. She is a fellow at the Council on Foundations (CoF), Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Program, serves as a SUNY global Fellows mentor to young women, is a member of CoF's Committee on Inclusion and Diversity and a Global Ambassador for the GirlRising campaign. She received her MPA from Columbia University and a MA in International Relations. She is deeply passionate about girls education/leadership and speaks globally on raising awareness on mobilizing resources and building coalitions in support of this cause. She enjoys reading, mediation, sports, photography and painting.