Senior Advisor to Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Ravi Karkara is a global expert in the development field and has been advocating for gender equality and human rights for over two decades. He is currently the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director at UN Women, represents UN women as the co-chair of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth and Development and founded its Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. At UN Women, he has been working on high valued strategic partnerships and resource mobilization, and has been instrumental in supporting its work on strategy development including the recently adopted Global Strategy on Youth and Gender Equality. In the past, Ravi worked with other UN agencies, governments, academic institutions and NGOs, where he has led a range of programs that have focused on strengthening women’s political participation in local governance and economic empowerment in South Asia, mainstreaming gender discussions and taking action to end violence against women and children. He has been the recipient of the prestigious NOVUS Award – that unites global leaders from around the world to tackle today’s big challenges via actionable change. He has also been awarded the Global Officials Award for his work on youth and gender equality and the Inter-Faith Award on promoting peace and harmony. He is listed as the Global Top 10 Diversity Consultants/Experts produced by Prestigious “Global Diversity List” by BNP Paribas and the Telegraph.