Ruchi Yadav

Ruchi Yadav

Programme Director
The Hunger Project

Ruchi has close to two decades of experience in the development sector and the communication business. She has worked on women’s rights and human rights issues in South Asia and South East Asia. Ruchi is vitally interested in the intersections of gender with politics, religion, caste, and class. Currently, she leads and manages The Hunger Project’s (THPs) overall program portfolio in India, which includes strengthening and building the leadership of elected women representatives and empowerment of adolescent girls. Ruchi oversees strategic management, programme design, policy and operations. This includes engagement and dialogue with multiple stakeholders, including over 50 community based organizations across India. Ruchi holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC.  

Ruchi’s major accomplishments include the development of a blueprint for conducting a successful pre-election campaign for rural women to participate in village council elections and organizing elected women to form federations to access rights and entitlements. Ruchi is vitally interested in the intersections of gender with politics, religion, caste, and class. She has also worked on women’s rights and gender issues at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and JAGORI, an NGO that provides resources and training for women in India.

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