Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India

Education & Gender


Derk Segaar

Derk Segaar is the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi, covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan. 

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Segaar served since 2013 as the Chief of the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) Relief, Reintegration and Protection Section.  He was responsible for the overall managing of the UNMISS protection of civilians sites, where more than 200,000 people had sought shelter from the violence.  Mr. Segaar provided operational leadership, developed policy guidance and conducted regular press conferences on protection related issues in South Sudan.  During that period, Mr. Segaar was on separate assignments as Chief of Office for the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola and as Senior Communications Adviser for the World Humanitarian Summit.

From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Segaar was the Head of Communications of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, where he directly managed its global media and communications activities, including the development and implementation of its corporate advocacy and communications strategy.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Under-Secretary-General for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, advising on strategic, policy and operational decisions.

Mr. Segaar worked in different capacities in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs field mission in El Fasher, Sudan, from 2006 to 2009, including as Acting Head of Office.  From 2004 to 2006, he worked as a journalist for IRIN News, based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he wrote about Sudan, Somalia and Kenya.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Segaar worked as communications specialist in the private sector and for various advocacy organizations and think tanks in the Netherlands, and at New York and Columbia Universities.

Mr. Segaar holds master’s degrees in human geography from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and in international affairs from Columbia University (United States).  He was awarded a Fulbright and a Columbia University scholarship and is fluent in English, French and Dutch.  He is married and has one child.

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Dr. Rohini Sahni

Professor, Pune University

As an economist, she has been working in the field for over twenty years through research and postgraduate teaching. As a development economist, her research interests have diversified from transition economics and area studies (Soviet Russia) into more grass-root experiences of development in India – including gender studies, role of education, material culture and globalization. In the area of unorganized sector labour markets in India, she has been engaged in extensive ethnographic studies to explore the economic and cultural dimensions of prostitution in India. She has co-edited a book on sex-work in India, one of the first pan-India efforts on understanding the heterogeneity of the profession in the Indian context. She has published extensively in the areas of higher education as a building block of human capital and the problems of a developing country in the higher education delivery systems. The other areas that have been of great interest to her are - the process of urbanization and migration patterns, the cultures of consumption and the economic drivers of mass/popular cultures.

Dr. Ranjana Kumari

Director, Centre for Social Research President, Women Power Connect Coordinator, Joint Action Front for Women Coordinator, South Asia Network Against Trafficking India

A renowned social activist and a prolific academician, Dr. Ranjana Kumari is the Director of Centre for Social Research as well as Chairperson of Women Power Connect. Dr. Kumari has dedicated her life to empowering women across the South Asia region, and isalso a prolific writer of many well‐known publications. Dr. Kumari went to school in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Her paternal grandfather, a freedom fighter, Pandit Vishwanath Sharma, was the founder member of the famous Kashi Vidyapith of Varanasi, which was the first modern University organised by Indians in British India. After finishing her schooling, she moved to Delhi and did her MA, M.Phil and Ph.D in Political Science from Jawahar Lal Nehru University.

Her foray into social work was initiated by her concern for a dowry death that took place near her home in 1976. This led to her activism on world famous publication “Brides are not for Burning”.

She has served as the Coordinator of the South Asia Network Against Trafficking (SANAT) in Persons and is a member of the Central Advisory Board on “Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Tests Act, 2001”, as well as the Central Advisory Committee for Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Children. Some of her most passionate causes have been the participation of women in democracy and governance, the termination of dowry practices and dowry‐related violence, and the abolition of female foeticide.

In the past, she was a member of the Task Force on Industrial Relations for The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva and worked as senior professional at United Nations. Currently, she is a member of Global Safety Advisory Board of Facebook.

Dr. Anagha Tambe

Dr. Anagha Tambe is an Assistant Professor and Director at Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre for Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has a Ph. D. in Sociology from University of Mumbai, Debates and Mobilizations on the issue on Prostitution since 1980s: A Sociological Analysis and a M. Phil. in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Prostitution in Colonial India: A Review of the Debate.  

Her areas of specialization and research include Gender, Caste and Sexuality, Gender and Social History, Women’s Studies and Higher Education. In the past she has been the Assistant Editor for Indian Association of Women’s Studies Newsletter and currently is the Editor and co- coordinator, western region of Indian Association of Women’s Studies. She has also authored a book in Marathi on History of India: New Challenges, New Directions. Her articles have also been published in movement booklets and magazines on issues contemporary issues of concern from gender, caste and community perspectives. She is currently working on projects like ‘Inclusive Universities: Linking Equity, Diversity and Excellence for the 21st Century’ and ‘Negotiating caste: Livelihoods, Occupations and Collective Action in Urban India’. She also has tremendous experiences in Curriculum Development and Pedagogic Innovation for Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has also worked on various research projects dealing with gender studies, sexuality, gender in work spaces and also teaches on similar topics. Dr. Anagha Tambe has her journals and articles published by IGNOU, Princeton and Economic and Political Weekly etc.