Savitri Bisnath

Savitri Bisnath is currently the associate director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Previously, she worked with nongovernmental and philanthropic organizations and intergovernmental institutions including the United Nations Development Programme and the South Center on issues related to development, conflict, natural disasters, and women's rights in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

"Cornell is intellectually vibrant, in and out of the classroom," Bisnath says. "For my concentration in international development, it was helpful to have faculty and students who had lived and worked around the world. I also got to interact with visiting heads of state and government, policy makers from U.N. agencies, and scholars in international planning.

"I had access to one of the best library systems in the world for my Ph.D. work on how development planning and trade liberalization policy are linked."

Planning appealed to Bisnath as a career because it combined community engagement and economic equity. She enrolled at Cornell for both her degrees because of the quality of the faculty and the university's strength in international studies.