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Savitri (Savi) Bisnath, Associate Director

Savi Bisnath

Savitri (Savi) Bisnath, Associate Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Savi has fifteen years of experience working with nongovernmental and philanthropic organizations, inter-governmental institutions, including the United Nations Development Programme and the South Center, on issues related to development, conflict, natural disasters, women’s rights, and trade in services; in specific countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East as well as the United Kingdom and the United States.

She is co-editor of Global Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Economy (Routledge, 2004) and the Gender and Development Reader Vols. I & II (Edward Elgar, 2001) with Lourdes Beneria. Her article, “Feminist Economics,” with Radhika Balakrishnan appears in The Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics (Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho, Edward Elgar, 2012), and “Poverty and Gender:  An Analysis for Action,” with Lourdes Beneria, in The Globalization Reader (F. J. Lechner and J. Boli editors, Blackwell, 1999). Savi is also the author of several practical tools, including the “Guide to Gender Aware Post Disaster Needs Assessment” (United Nations Development Programme, 2010). Savi was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and holds dual citizenship with the United States of America.


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