Ritu Sharma, Principal
Ritu Sharma is the co-founder and former president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a leading advocacy organization bringing the voices of women and girls around the globe to Washington’s highest-level decision makers. Ritu’s advocacy was instrumental in the creation of the White House Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally, announced by President Obama in August 2012. Also under her direction, Women Thrive was the driving force behind the US Agency International Development’s establishment of the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, also in 2012.
After 17 years at the helm of Women Thrive, Ritu departed in December 2014 and now trains groups around the world in the art of advocacy, is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, advises non-profit and private firms on programs for youth, women and girls, and hosts an occasional radio special on SiriusXM’s Insight Channel.
She is author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe, which is a first hand account of how women in developing countries are leaving poverty behind them and how American women can be most helpful. Ritu is on Twitter @RadioRitu.