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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

  • Oct 28 2020
    Blog Post Sowing the Seeds for a Better Food Future in Asia Covid-19 has reminded humanity of the critical importance of a strong and functioning food system. With a quarter of a billion people facing acute hunger by the end of the year, bold collective action cannot wait. Global hunger has been on an indefensible rise for many years, and Asia—home to nearly half a billion of the world’s hungry and […] Deepali Khanna, Sara Farley
  • Sep 10 2020
    Blog Post Investing in Women: Why Female Entrepreneurship Will Recharge Our Global Economy I was born my parents’ only child and a girl—not the preferred gender in those days in India. My father’s response? He treated me like a boy. He pushed me to be outspoken, and to not let anything hold me back. And while I didn’t always like it, I look at it now as a […] Deepali Khanna
  • Oct 31 2019
    Blog Post ASEAN Can Lead Sustainable And Inclusive Economic Development, Here's How Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are gathering for their 35th summit in Bangkok this week to chart a course for the region’s economic future. As we’ve argued before, Southeast Asia is re-emerging as a theater for major powers to exert geopolitical might through economic means. Amid rising headwinds in the global economy, geopolitical […] Deepali Khanna
  • Oct 18 2019
    Blog Post Asia Must Forge A New Breed Of Partnerships To Achieve The Global Goals Last month’s events around the United Nations General Assembly in New York were a thrilling demonstration of cross-sector and grassroots momentum to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. Achieving these ambitious goals in 10 years–a blink of an eye in human history–will certainly test our collective resolve and push the boundaries of ingenuity. […] Deepali Khanna, Felicity Tan
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