About the Speaker
Upala Devi is the Technical Advisor on gender-based violence for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), whose headquarters are based in New York City. With experience in working on development issues for the last 20 years, she has also worked variously for numerous United Nations organizations (UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM, OHCHR), International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Save the Children Fund (UK and Sweden), Christian Aid UK, Educate Girls Globally, and more in the United States and in the global south. Ms. Devi holds an M.Phil in South-East Asia and South-West Pacific Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has held various visiting scholar fellowships at: the School for International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, Vermont; the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK,; the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Washington D.C.; the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, City University of New York,; and, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School. She has contributed extensively to various books and journals and has written a number of policy and technical papers on gender, gender-based violence, child rights, human rights and development. She has also spoken on issues of rights and development in various international fora over the last 20 years, including at the US Department of State, US Senate and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School.