Since 2017, Gayathri has been leading Girl Effect's team in Ethiopia to build Yegna into a national, impact driven youth brand that creates lasting change for adolescent girls across the country.
Gayathri joined Girl Effect in 2014 with fifteen years experience in international development, having worked in donor organisations and the private sector. With a background in economics, social policy and children’s rights, Gayathri has led development programmes in Southern Africa, the Caribbean, the Palestinian Territories and North Africa. Before joining Girl Effect, Gayathri worked for UNICEF in Barbados developing child-sensitive social safety net systems for Caribbean governments. Prior to this Gayathri worked for DFID, the EU, and in the private sector leading social and economic transformation programmes on a range of issues from working to end child marriage in rural Ethiopia to building pro-poor trade agreements in the Southern African region.
Gayathri has a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh; an MA in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Children’s Rights from the Institute of Education.