About the President

 Dr.Nandini Azad is a senior women leader in the cooperative movement at the International, Regional and National levels. She is currently elected Vice Chairperson and acting Chairperson of the International Cooperative Alliance for Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) Women’s Committee. She is a special invitee on gender diversity to the International Raiffeison Union board (IRU).

An elected President of the Indian Cooperative Network for Women, she is a member of the National Cooperative Union of India’s Women’s Empowerment Committee. She is also board member of the National Women’s Credit Fund (The Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, Ministry of Women, Government of India) and was Chairperson of its Revitalization Committee. With a Ph.D, (Syracuse University, USA) on women’s credit groups in cooperatives, 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  assignments. She was invited to the UN High Level Political Dialogue panel on SDGs to the World Cooperative Day at UN Plaza, New York in July 2017.
A founder member of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Bangkok and GROOTS International, the Cambodian Foreign Minister commended her (1993) for developing the Beijing Country Report on women after the war. She has worked extensively and written  (Nepal, Maldives, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka etc.), on gender and financial inclusion, poverty, gendered cooperatives and gender based violence.  She undertook and presented the ICA-AP pioneering study of 26-country gender disaggregated data in cooperatives in the Asia Pacific region at the Asia Pacific Cooperative Ministers’ Conference in Hanoi (APCMC). She was also invited to present in 2015 to the NITI Aayog, Government of India (the Indian government think tank) “A Gender Strategy Paper for Poverty Reduction, May 20th 2015 to the National Taskforce on Poverty Reduction.
She was Chair of the Plenary Session at the “ Promoting Microfinance for Economic Development workshop in IORA region” organized by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in April, 2015, Bangladesh (to highlight the Indian experience in Microfinance).  She was an international technical Advisor to the Asia Pacific Micro Credit summit in 2002 in New Delhi and on major panels on poor women and financial inclusion in Asia-Pacific at (Bali) and the Global Micro-Credit Summit (2008), Global Micro-credit summit in Spain (2012). 
At the UNESCAP - High Level policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation and Inclusive Development in South and South-West Asia, 18-19th October 2012, she presented a paper “Harmonizing Inclusion with Growth: Lessons from Multi stakeholders in Agriculture and Food security”.
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 youth forums for gender equality and gender based violence.