Sushma Kapoor is the Vice President to Global Health Strategies. Prior to joining GHS, Sushma worked with UN Women (the UN Entity on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality) for several years both in New York and in India. Her last assignment was with UN Women as the Deputy Regional Program Director in its South Asia Regional Office, which had under its mandate Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She has also worked with UNICEF in New York and Florence (Italy) on HIV and other communicable diseases. She has worked as the Gender Coordinator with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) both in India and in New York. At IAVI, her work included developing a framework (implemented in India, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa) on gender-specific issues related to AIDS vaccine trials.
She brings extensive knowledge in advancing the issues of gender equality in global, regional and national arenas; strategic planning; engaging with policymakers; organizational development; program design and implementation; advocacy and communications. Her diverse experience includes: 1) mobilizing national governments, women’s groups, health practitioners, and civil society partners; designing research; leading efforts on advocacy, research, and programmatic interventions primarily on gender-based issues such as violence against women, women’s safety and security, gender budgeting, and the political and economic empowerment of women. In addition, she has designed and managed outreach and communications campaigns aimed at governments, NGOs, communities and the media. She also has hands-on knowledge of all aspects of writing, editing, and production of printed materials and books, as well as documentary filmmaking.
Sushma has a Master’s in English Literature from Brown University (USA) and the University of Allahabad (India). She has spent several years in Cambridge (UK), during which she ran a women’s cooperative for ethnic minorities in Cambridgeshire, and was simultaneously enrolled for a PhD program at the University of Kent. Her academic experience includes teaching English Literature both at the undergraduate and graduate level.