Maya Ajmera ’89 to speak on her journey from Bryn Mawr to global social entrepreneurship

Posted November 24th, 2008 at 12:39 pm.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Katherine Houghton Hepburn Center will present a talk by Hepburn Fellow Maya Ajmera ’89, the founder and president of the Global Fund for Children, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House.

The Global Fund for Children (GFC) makes small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Ajmera will talk about her career trajectory from Bryn Mawr to her current position with the GFC and about the growing field of international social entrepeneurship.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Ajmera intended to become a pediatrician. However, when she decided she could help more children by supporting grassroots groups that work with children around the world, her career goals shifted into the realm of social entrepeneurship and she earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Since its founding in 1994, GFC has given more than 1,925 grants valued at more than $10.7 million to 323 community-based organizations in 66 countries, serving more than a million children. The organization is complemented by a dynamic media program that, through children’s books, documentary photography, and film, highlights the issues affecting children and celebrates global diversity. Ajmera is the co-author of many award-winning GFC books including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe and Extraordinary Girls.

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