Women’s Education and Skills Development in India Panel

India will not be able to realize its full potential unless women are empowered and equipped with the skills necessary to contribute to the economy. On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at NYU Law School’s Furman Building (Room 216), AIF’s New York Young Professionals Chapter is pleased to host two dynamic organizations working to create more robust and inclusive economic growth in India.

The featured speakers will be the CEO and Founder of Lend a Hand India and the Founding Director of the Women’s Education Project. Lend a Hand India provides vocational training and career guidance to secondary school students in several states, among other activities. The Women’s Education Project operates in South India and develops resource centers which provide women academic, financial, and social support to graduate high school and college and succeed thereafter.


Raj Gilda, Founder and CEO of Lend a Hand India

Raj is a serial entrepreneur who has worked at Citibank in New York, as a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting, as a software engineer with British Telecom in Belfast, and as a finance professional with National Stock Exchange and IL&FS in India. In Jan 2011, Raj quit his job as SVP with Citigroup to pursue Lend A Hand India. Lend a Hand India works with 10,000 youth from 61 villages across India. He graduated from the University of Pune and received his MBA from the University of Texas.

Zoe Timms, Founding Director of Women’s Education Project

Zoe’s interest in education related nonprofit work began during her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Upon graduating, she worked at the Near East Foundation and subsequently founded the Women’s Education Project (WEP) in 2002. WEP helps socio-economically disadvantaged women in South India attain admission to college and succeed while there and beyond. Armed with education and job skills, graduates of WEP’s programs make material economic contributions to their families which benefit generations to come.


Click here to reserve your seat, only $10 and free with Student ID.
Location & Time:

NYU Law School, Furman Hall (Classroom 216)
Furman Hall is on 245 Sullivan Street (Sullivan and West 3rd Street) Near Washington Square Park.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
7:30pm to 9:00pm

After the event, AIF NYYP is pleased to host discounted drinks across the street from Furman Hall at Triona’s (237 Sullivan Street), a popular student bar. AIF NYYP guests will enjoy $4 beers and $5 mixed drinks.


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