US-based Rockefeller Foundation on Thursday said it has appointed Deepali Khanna as Managing Director for Asia with immediate effect.
Khanna will be the first Indian female leader of the Foundation in Asia and will oversee the Foundation’s programmes, initiatives, policy, advocacy, grant making, and partnerships in the Indian sub-continent, China, and Southeast Asia, the Foundation said in a statement.
The Rockefeller Foundation has a global grant making portfolio of around USD 200 million per year.
Khanna joined Rockefeller Foundation in 2015. Prior to that she served as Director of Youth Learning with The MasterCard Foundation. She also held multiple leadership positions with Plan International, including Country Director, Vietnam (2003-2007) and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa (2007-2010).’
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Khanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Delhi University and holds a certificate from the Humanitarian Leadership Programme at Harvard Business School.
“Expanding our work and partnership in Asia is an important priority for The Rockefeller Foundation,” Rajiv J. Shah, President of the Foundation said adding that “her valuable experience and leadership at the Foundation will help us build on our transformative work in India and other parts of Asia”.
Khanna most recently served as Senior Director of the Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD), with an initial commitment of USD 75 million. In this role, she provided leadership and direction across the initiative’s portfolio in India to provide affordable and clean energy access to over a million people in India.