Asia Regional Office/

Deepali Khanna

Managing Director, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

As the Managing Director of Asia Region Office, Deepali Khanna manages the Foundation’s policy, advocacy, grant-making, and partnerships in Asia. She leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s initiatives to convene and catalyze strategic collaborations that advance development in Asia, as well as harness Asia’s role in enhancing the wellbeing of humanity in the region and around the world.

Ms. Khanna joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2015. She most recently served as Director and managed one of the Foundation’s flagship initiatives in India, Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD). In this role, she provided leadership and direction across the full range of activities, partners, and resources of the initiative to provide affordable and clean energy access to over a million people in India.

Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Khanna served as Director of Youth Learning with The MasterCard Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada. She was responsible for the global grant-making strategy across more than 50 projects within the portfolio, managing a budget of USD 800 million. Ms. Khanna has held multiple leadership positions with Plan International, including Country Director for Vietnam and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, where she led overall strategic planning within the region and managed operations in 12 countries.

Ms. Khanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Delhi University and holds a certificate from the Humanitarian Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Authored Content

  • Mar 25 2021
    Blog Post How Green Energy Can Empower Women We need to build upon the connections between energy access, agriculture, water availability, and gender equity. Deepali Khanna, Reema Nanavati
  • Jan 25 2021
    Blog Post A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Unemployment and Informality in Southeast Asia During COVID It is quite evident that the pandemic has exacerbated many existing negative trends. From rising income inequalities to what is now a gaping digital divide, Covid-19 has laid bare pre-existing weaknesses in governance and social protection provision in Southeast Asia, as much as globally. However, one  weakness that has received far less attention than it […] Deepali Khanna, Geoffrey Ducanes, Nicola Nixon, Pitchanuch Supavanich
  • Jan 25 2021
    Blog Post Covid-19: A Regional Response Is Key for ASEAN Globally, the nations of the world continue to focus inward on their response to Covid-19. The national impact of the pandemic, experience, and policy responses have dominated airwaves throughout 2020. Yet despite so much attention on local action, regional responses will prove to be the key to recovery as countries attempt to reopen their borders […] Deepali Khanna, Nicola Nixon
  • Jan 22 2021
    Blog Post The New Poor: ASEAN Tackles the Challenge of Rising Inequalities In May 2020, just five months into the Covid-19 pandemic, VN Express, one of Vietnam’s online daily news sites, reported on the dramatic number of city dwellers in the country who, newly unemployed, were struggling to support themselves or their families. The paper interviewed Tran Thanh Thao, a former hotel chef, gainfully employed for 13 […] Deepali Khanna, Nicola Nixon, Puja Dutta
  • Nov 04 2020
    Blog Post Harnessing AI To Reset The Future: How To Channel AI For Social Good? As the Fourth Industrial Revolution evolves, frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are reshaping our economies, societies and the environment. AI is opening up economic opportunities with companies large and small empowered to grow their businesses. From a social perspective, AI provides a host of benefits. Machine learning algorithms power cost-effective healthcare diagnostics for […] Deepali Khanna, Jonathan Wong
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