About the President

Header Dr. Nandini Azad is a senior women leader in the cooperative movement at the International, Regional and National levels. Dr.Nandini Azad has the distinction in half a century to be worldwide the only Woman Co-operator to be elected to senior leadership of both the oldest and largest International Cooperative Unions/Alliances. Dr. Nandini Azad, president of Working Women's Forum (India)- Indian Cooperative Network for Women. She is currently elected Chairperson of the International Cooperative Alliance - Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) Women's Committee and First Woman Board member in 50 years elected, to the International Raiffeison Union board (IRU) (the oldest cooperative union in the world).An elected President of the Indian Cooperative Network for Women and Working Women's Forum (India) with a membership of over 6,00,000 poor women in the informal sector(H.Q, Chennai). 1.7 million Loans have been provided in 14 Indian locations.

Recently, Dr.Dietmar Rothermund, the foremost German Indologist in his new book, "My Encounters in India" writes about eminent Indians and lists Dr.Nandini Azad amongst the 130 eminent persons he met in India that includes Sri Jayaprakash Narayan ji, Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Former Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh, Morarji Desai, Satyajitray and so forth.

Dr.Nandini Azad hold a Ph.D, Syracuse University / Maxwell School of Citizenship of public policy USA) on women's credit group in 'Creating bases of women power' in cooperatives in Tamilnadu. She has worked extensively at senior levels at and in the Indian Government (Planning Commission, Women, Youth, Finance Ministries), multi-lateral agencies (IFAD, ADB, UNDP, ILO, FAO etc.), on International, Regional, National assignments. In 2005 her pioneering report 'Outlays and Outcomes of 65 Ministries in Government of India' was commended during her stint as head of the Outcome Monitoring Division in the Planning Commission by the Prime Minister. She is currently a board member (2014 - 2020 November). Governing Board Member and Large & Small Loan Committees, Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India - 2014 to 2020. Member, Governing Board, National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India.

She undertook and presented the pioneering study of 26-country gender disaggregated data on status of women in cooperatives in the Asia Pacific region presented at the Asia Pacific Cooperative Ministers' Conference in Hanoi (APCMC) (2018). Entitled 'Gender in more than Statistic'. She was the only Indian to attend and address the World Farmers Organization General Assembly on Gender Equality in Family Farming, May 2019 in Luxembourg.

As Chairperson of the Independent Commission for People's Rights Trust, she innovated the path-breaking new program of engaging young men and boys to form male youth forums for women's empowerment. Ambassador at large for Gender in President Obama’s administration reported to U.S Congress that “this was the best depiction on gender violence through street theatre by Men & Boys anywhere in the world”.

She has been invited regularly to the Niti Aayog, Govt. of India Think Tank (former Planning Commission) to present papers on women, poverty, WWF Case-study cooperatives several times in the last 5 years since its existence.


Some Presentations/ Papers (1981-2019)

Her Research/ Publications/Papers/Studies (1981-2020)