Maya Ajmera 1993 fellow
Advance the dignity of children and youth around the world by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth, complemented by a dynamic media program that highlights the issues affecting children and celebrates the global society in which we all live.
Maya Ajmera founded The Global Fund for Children, 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 seventeen years of leadership, GFC awarded nearly $25 million in capital to nearly 500 grassroots organizations in 75 countries touching the lives of over 5 million children. In addition, GFC has a dynamic media program focused on children’s books, films, digital media, and documentary photography. She is an award winning children’s book author of over 15 titles including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, and To Be a Kid with over 4 million readers worldwide. In 2011, Maya was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is also an advisor to Mytonomy.com, a video Q & A service where students go to get advice on every aspect of college and career planning. Maya serves on the board of visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is co-chair of the board of Echoing Green, is a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and a board member of New Global Citizens. She serves on numerous advisory boards including the Center for Advanced Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, American India Foundation, and many others. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a master's of public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Maya is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.