Gita Sen

Gita Sen is a professor of public policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and an adjunct professor of global health and population, at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Sen is widely known for her analysis and activism on gender and development, women’s human rights, reproductive and sexual health, and the equity dimensions of health.

She is cochair of the Pan American Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health and a member of the UNFPA’s High Level Task Force for ICPD, the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage of India’s Planning Commission, and the board of the National Health Systems Resource Centre, among others. She has chaired the World Bank’s External Gender Consultative Group and coordinated the Knowledge Network on Women and Gender Equity for WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

Sen has been awarded the Volvo Environment Prize and honorary doctorates from several universities. She received an MA from the Delhi School of Economics and a PhD from Stanford University.