Anika Rahman

Executive Director, Ms. Foundation for Women

Anika Rahman has a distinguished career as an advocate for women, particularly women's health and human rights. Since February 2011, Ms. Rahman has served as president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Ms. Rahman was the president of Americans for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world's largest funder of reproductive health programs. In her six-year tenure at UNFPA, Ms. Rahman was instrumental in raising awareness of the global fight for women's rights and of America's critical role in it. She significantly grew the organization in size and scope, and successfully mobilized to have UNFPA funding restored by President Obama.

Previously, Ms. Rahman was the founding director of the International Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. As the visionary behind the Center's global and U.S. foreign policy work, she developed the Center into the foremost legal organization on international women's reproductive rights. Among her achievements, Ms. Rahman led investigations into human rights violations, including sexual assault, coercive sterilization and abortion-related imprisonment, in Peru, Chile and Nepal.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Rahman practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

Ms. Rahman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Rahman received the 2002 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility from Columbia Law School.

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