Radha Friedman has spent two decades working to help women and girls get the rights and resources they need to thrive. Her work has spanned five continents, from women’s economic empowerment in South Asia, to civic engagement for youth in new democracies in Eurasia, to land rights for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As the Director of Programs at the World Justice Project, she brings together nontraditional leaders to create innovative solutions to justice issues. She currently leads a portfolio of 90 programs in 61 countries to advance the rule of law, including a program led by trafficking survivors in Nepal, a program to help migrant workers in China, and a program to protect domestic workers in Kuwait.
Previously, Radha was co-founder of the Center for Women’s Land Rights at Landesa. Prior to this, she was Associate Director of the SKS Foundation, the U.S. arm of the largest micro-credit organisation in India, providing micro-loans to rural women to start their own businesses.
Radha has conducted fieldwork in 13 countries and holds an M.A. in International Development Studies / M.S. in Public Service Administration from DePaul University, a B.A. in South Asian Studies from Antioch College, and a post-graduate certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from University of Cambridge. She serves on the board of Rangzen, a Tibetan rights organisation founded by the Dalai Lama’s family, is a leader of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP).
Radha has been named an American Express N-Gen Fellow, a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Emerging Leader, and Jackson Foundation Leadership Fellow. In 2009, the Global Women’s Leadership Network selected Radha as one of 20 ‘Global Leaders for Justice.’Radha Friedman