Age: 33
Home Town: Redwood City, CA
Education: BA, International Relations, (Development and International Organizations), San Francisco State University; MA, International Relations (International Trade Policy)
Specific Field Interests: Social Enterprise, Economic Development, Impact Sourcing
Placement: Office to the Advisor to the Prime Minister (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Area of Focus: Livelihood

Highlights: Srijana started her career working in Global Policy and Government Affairs department at Cisco Systems where her role was to identify public policy priority needs in sub-Saharan Africa and define Cisco's policy engagement strategy. Additionally, she was a key player in the development and management of Cisco's environmental sustainability program. She created and drove company wide employee educational campaigns geared towards environmental sustainability. Srijana is also a founder of Friends of El Shadai, an organization based in California, which gives educational opportunity to former street children and HIV/AIDS orphans in a loving home environment in Bugembe, Uganda. Friends of El Shadai recently funded the construction of a building for El Shadai, which 35 children now call home. Through her experience working with Friends of El Shadai, Srijana realized that demand based skills training is just as important as education in countries like Uganda, where unemployment rate is very high. This realization led her to leave Silicon Valley and spend time in India and Nepal researching opportunities to create jobs for individuals living below poverty. After 8 years of working in Silicon Valley, Srijana is delighted to be part of AIF fellows and hopes to bring together her business and public policy experience, with her personal passion for working in development and economic empowerment. In addition to Friends of El Shadai, Srijana is active and on the Board of Sahayeta.Org, a nonprofit based in San Francisco that she co-founded. Sahayeta.Org provides free primary health care screening for immigrants without health insurance and connects them to additional resources, if needed.

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