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This space came about when a group of scholars and practitioners working  on issues relating to gender and sustainable development recognized the need for a forum to connect like-minded people and to foster research and work synergies. This site will help to showcase and share applied research, resources, theoretical frameworks, and latest developments, as well as help to amplify the voices of the amazing people working across sectors and regions toward a common vision of gender equality and sustainable development. 

Meet Our Contributors

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Radhika Iyengar is a Ph.D. (with Distinction) in Economics of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been leading research in education for more than 15 years.  Her main areas of expertise are international education and monitoring and evaluation. She has directed education programs in 10 sub-Saharan countries and also in South Asia. She is the Director of Education at the Center for Sustainable Development at Earth Institute, Columbia University. She also holds the Associate Research Scholar position at Columbia University. Her interest in Gender issues was due to the increased injustices and gender based violence she witnessed around her. She is closely associated with Connect to Learn and Mahashakti Seva Kendra, both of which promote economic and social well-being of women and girls. 

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Haein Shin

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Haein Shin has experience in providing technical support, research, program implementation and management for various education projects in low-income areas across 10 countries in West and East Africa, India, Myanmar and MENA region. She contributed to fruition of youth and community education programs in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps and developed educational materials/curricula to improve learning outcomes, literacy, youth development and teacher training practices for the Millennium Villages Project, Mwenge University, Connect To Learn and Hindupat Institute of Teacher Training. She has also planned and managed implementation of health education program for girls at a women’s university in the Middle East. Her research interests include education in international development, pedagogical methods and child development. She received her M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.

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Tara Stafford Ocansey

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Tara is an education and creative media professional with extensive experience as a program manager and education specialist working in diverse education settings. In her six years with the Connect To Learn initiative at the Center for Sustainable Development, Tara has led research on best practices for integrating technology tools in rural, resource-poor classrooms, coordinated girls' scholarship programs in ten sub-Saharan African countries and Myanmar that has benefited over 1,300 youth, and launched technical and vocational training programs to support young women in building their skills and livelihoods. Tara's small business, Ewiasi, helps connect artisans from marginalized communities around the world to market opportunities in the US through creative collaborations. Tara has her MA in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her BA in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

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Matthew A. Witenstein

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Matthew A. Witenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Dayton. His US work focuses on immigrants in higher education and international student experiences while his international/comparative education research focuses on higher educational quality, organization and governance issues. He is co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series “South Asian Education Policy, Research and Practice” and author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at higher education institutions and government agencies throughout the US and South Asia.

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Tara Sheth

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Tara has successfully completed her M.A. in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York in May 2018. In her last two years of under-graduation in India, she  studied counseling. She further went on to pursue her post graduate diploma in the U.K. in University of Nottingham. She was an intern in the Daily National Analysis (a leading newspaper in India) as a sub-editor. Tara is passionate about working for Women's Equality. She believes that we all should enjoy equal rights without. She is currently working at a private school in Madison Ave on the Upper East side as a Bilingual Teacher. 

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Matthew A. Witenstein

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Matthew A. Witenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Dayton. His US work focuses on immigrants in higher education and international student experiences while his international/comparative education research focuses on higher educational quality, organization and governance issues. He is co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series “South Asian Education Policy, Research and Practice” and author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at higher education institutions and government agencies throughout the US and South Asia.

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Nidhi Thakur

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Nidhi Thakur is an economist, with specialization in labor and health economics. Her interest in Gender issues, is an on-going evolution of her resistance to the many systemic biases that are perpetuated through political, social and unfortunately even religious institutions, in order to preserve a power hegemony which perversely favors a small section of society. She believes in empowerment through education, skills, financial independence and political voice. She has published in academic and non-academic journals, and is currently a Lecturer in Kean University, Union, NJ, where she hopes to interact and hopefully influence, and be influenced by, the lives of many a first-generation college goers from minority backgrounds. She has an M.A. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Arizona, and a Post-Doc from University of Chicago.

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Tara Sheth

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Tara has successfully completed her M.A. in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York in May 2018. In her last two years of under-graduation in India, she  studied counseling. She further went on to pursue her post graduate diploma in the U.K. in University of Nottingham. She was an intern in the Daily National Analysis (a leading newspaper in India) as a sub-editor. Tara is passionate about working for Women's Equality. She believes that we all should enjoy equal rights without. She is currently working at a private school in Madison Ave on the Upper East side as a Bilingual Teacher. 

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