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Poonam Muttreja

Poonam Muttreja

Executive Director, Population Foundation of India (PFI)

Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India, Poonam Muttreja has been a strong advocate for women’s health, reproductive and sexual rights, and rural livelihoods for over 40 years. She has co-conceived the popular transmedia initiative, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon - I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything. Before joining Population Foundation of India, she served as the India Country Director of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation for 15 years and has also co-founded and led the Ashoka Foundation, Dastkar, and the Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative (SRUTI). Poonam is a member of the Governing Council and Board of ActionAid International and India, and is a member of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington DC. An alumna of Delhi University and Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, Poonam serves on the governing council of several non-governmental organizations, and is a regular commentator in India and globally for television and the print media.

A group of Indian women raising their fists. Photo Credit: Images of Empowerment