Anita Zaidi

President Gender Equality Division
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Anita Zaidi is the President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Gender Equality division. Anita oversees the foundation’s efforts to achieve gender equality by integrating gender across the foundation’s global work and investing in women’s economic empowerment and women’s leadership.. _x000D_
Previously, Anita served as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, Pakistan. _x000D_
Anita earned a medical degree at AKU and completed further training at Duke University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Anita has published more than 200 research papers._x000D_

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
19 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
02:30 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST From Attacks to Advancements: Charting the Path for SRHR in a Changing World
KCC Auditorium

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The global health landscape has undergone significant shifts, impacting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), includling the Read More

Reyusha Chalise

SRHR Project Officer

Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal

Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa

Senior Health Researcher & Moderator

Moderate the Panel

Nancy Northup

President and CEO

Center for Reproductive Rights

Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan

Minister of International Development

Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Ana Cristina González Vélez

International Senior Specialist

Causa Justa

Anita Zaidi

President Gender Equality Division

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Angela Akol, MD, PhD


Ipas Africa Alliance

Kevin Ali



Catalina Devandas

Executive Director

Disability Rights Fund (DRF)

Samukeliso Dube

Executive Director


Natalia Kanem

Executive Director


Start Time End Time Session Description Action
02:30 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST Taking Action to Close the Gender Nutrition Gap
Room MH 1-1

Nutrition is a feminist issue. Women and girls bear the brunt of global malnutrition. Gender inequalities underlie why women and girls experience inadequate access to Read More

Rania Dagash-Kamara

Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa


Saskia Osendarp

Executive Director

Micronutrient Forum

Pauline Theresa Mapfumo

Youth Advocate

European Union Delegation (team Zimbabwe) Youth Sounding Board.

Vivianne Ihekweazu

Managing Director

Nigeria Health Watch

Ajay Khera

Country Representative, India


Anita Zaidi

President Gender Equality Division

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda