Deepa Narayan has been selected by the US based Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers of 2011.
She is an independent international poverty, gender and development advisor and writer with over 25 years of experience working at the World Bank, the UN, and NGOs. Dr. Narayan spent many years living in village communities in Africa, South and East Asia; this led to her focus on ‘people first’, and local community driven approaches nested in social and political processes.
Her current interests include reducing inequality, shared and sustainable living, making corporate social responsibility a reality, ethical development and economic policies that help create wealth for poor people. She serves on boards of NGOs, participates in think tanks and is a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats. She also conducts experiential workshops on creative leadership for women and youth, such as the one at Hollyhock July 26-31, “Mindfulness & Intimacy for Women“, introduced in the video below.