Riya Thakur

Delhi, India

Manager of Youth and Adolescence Programs, Population Foundation of India

Riya is a driven professional who has advocated for the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents and youths for nearly a decade. In her current role, she leads the youth and adolescence portfolio at Population Foundation of India, providing strategic support and technical insights. She has previously worked with United Nations Children’s Fund, EngenderHealth, and Jhpiego, developing expertise in strategic engagement, advocacy, program management, and capacity building. She holds a postgraduate degree in rural development with a specialization in gender development. Riya is passionate about empowering girls, inspiring youth leadership, and driving social transformation.

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