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JENNIFER LIANG

Jennifer Liang co-founded the ant, a non-profit working for rural development the past 20 years in conflict affected villages of Assam in India. Currently, the organisation works to end violence against women and girls, enriching education of children, promoting mental health and creating sustainable weaving-based livelihoods.  Jennifer headed the organisation as its CEO for 10 years and presently leads an initiative to strengthen civil society action and voice in the Northeast Region of India through training, networking, research and advocacy. In 2016-17, she designed and headed a two-year qualitative study to research health inequities among communities affected by decades of ethnic and militant violence.

Her expertise and interest are also in areas of increasing women’s representation, strengthening organisations, conflict transformation strategies and in participatory training design. In recognition of her work, in 2013 Jennifer was awarded the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship on Global Leadership to study at the London School of Economics. She was also selected as one of 50 emerging women leaders in 2014 by the “Women in Public Service Project”, an initiative by the U.S State Department.