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Ujwala Samant
Director, Programs and Services , Regional hunger relief non profit
Greater New York City Area, United States
A committed multilingual development professional with 25 years experience in poverty reduction, program creation, project management, community based development and education, food insecurity, health and gender. Experienced in donor management, grant writing and impact based projects. Currently Director of Programs & Services at a regional food bank in the USA. EU passport & US green card holder
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Food insecurity organization: Director, Programs and Services. Developed hunger reduction programs to increase outreach and populations served, Created healthy living initiative to improve eating habits, combat childhood obesity and chronic illnesses. Introduced program impact evaluations and the use of technology for monitoring and reporting. Conducted the first program evaluation at the food bank of the healthy living initiative resulting in increased donor support for the program. I work well with advocacy groups and have successfully created campaigns that have led to funding and a visit from the governor of the state. I have learned to communicate effectively and make presentations to a wide range of audiences for advocacy and fundraising.

Executive Director with Learning for Life: Tripled income, built and maintained 80 community owned schools in the NWFP region, with trained female teachers and health workers. Disaster relief work. Repeat funding from the big Lottery Fund. Developed training modules, intercultural sensitivity modules for UK kids in a post September 11 world, educational projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.Board management, advocacy, research paper presented in Brussels on children's needs, research paper on women's roles in development presented at Brown University,and complete handbook on child safety shared with all project partners in Asia.

Senior Researcher with NCSALL
External Evaluator Crossroads Cafe English acquisition distance learning program with Northampton Community College
Consultant with International Literacy Institute, University of Pennsylvania

PhD in Social Science from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University (1988 - 1993)
M.S. Counselor Education - Intercultural counseling, Syracuse University, USA
M.S. Educational Diagnosis, University of Delaware, USA

Affiliations and Achievements:
2007 - UK's Asian Woman of Achievement Award for humanitarian work
I have publications, attached in my CV.

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Marathi, Hindi
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