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Rekha Kumari

Director & Programme Head, Kaushalya Foundation

India

Rekha Kumari, YALE GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTERPRENUERSHIP FELLOW and shaper & Ex-Curator at WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM-PATNA HUB, works closely on rural enterprise development, livelihood, and gender sensitive project implementation at grass root level in Bihar, India as well as to do policy advocacy through action research, workshops, and representation of voice of women on various platforms. She brings distinctive experience to her role as Director & Program Head at KAUSHALYA Foundation from her seven years of working after completing her MBA and sits on National Advisory Board of NGO Kasturi. She was an active member of Bihar Entrepreneur Association engaged in promoting entrepreneurs in Bihar to provided supportive ecosystem for them and member of Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Patna chapter. Through multipronged approach she has supported and empowered 8000+ women farmers in Bihar to promote rural enterprises, acquisition and strengthening of relevant skills and with enabling of resources required to lead a sustainable livelihood choice and live a dignified life with better social and financial status. She has played pivotal role to fight for women rights has voiced the need and wants of rural women at several forum including Indian Economic Summit 2014 and 2017 in New Delhi, Global Farmer Meet- 2014 held in Gurgaon, FICCI Global Summit on Agriculture in 2015, Star Forum, State Level Convention of women farmer for policy paper in Bihar, Bihar Entrepreneur Association-Gender Equality workshop and many such International, National , State and District level platform. She is a Master Trainer on “Food and nutrition of women and child “and a Certified trainer on “combating violence against women and girl” from Ministry of women and child development (MWCD), Govt of India. For her contribution to address the challenges faced by women in Bihar she has been conferred with Women Bravery Award and was also featured in BEA exemplary entrepreneurship dairy. She advocates for gender equality & gender equity and sees great role of female sex in development of her state and world as well as to combat climate change. In her personal life, she is a simple person and values integrity. led by humanity and compassion, she believes to be fortunate to have opportunities in life and feel obliged to give back to her society and state where she believes more need to be done for women to achieve the state of equality and empowerment for holistic social and economic development.