Maya Ajmera

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Maya Ajmera

Co-Chair, Echoing Green Board of Directors
1993 Global Fellow
Founder of Global Fund for Children

Maya Ajmera 1993 Global Fellow


Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and Publisher of its award-winning magazine Science News and its family of media properties. Founded in 1921, SSP works to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. It is best known for its world-class science competitions including the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS. Maya was a member of the Honors Group of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search now sponsored by Intel.

Maya is a 1993 Echoing Green Fellow. She founded and led for eighteen years The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya's 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a seedling vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. To date, GFC has awarded more than $35 million to over 600 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of nearly 10 million children.

Maya is also an award winning children's book author of over twenty titles including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, To Be a Kid and most recently Healthy Kids with over four million readers worldwide. She is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the 2011 Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times, NPR, and many others.

Maya has held several academic appointments including the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Maya is a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, serves on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a board member of New Global Citizens and Kids in Need of Defense. Maya received a master's degree in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Bryn Mawr College.

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