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Eileen de Ravin

Program Manager, The Equator Initiative

Eileen de Ravin is Program Manager of the Equator Initiative, a UNDP partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advances local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The Equator Initiative works at the grassroots and national levels to increase awareness of the importance of community-based action for sustainable development and achievement of the MDGs. The biennial Equator Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding community-based initiatives across the world that improve local wellbeing through sustainable natural resource management and environmental conservation. The partnership sponsors workshops (‘dialogue spaces’) where community-based practitioners share lessons learned and best practices peer-to-peer, as well as with regional and national policymakers. Ms. de Ravin brings experience with health care and environmental issues, program management, and partnership building to the Equator Initiative. Eileen holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Before coming to UNDP she spent eight years leading a Community Based Development Programme in India with a strong focus on health care and environment. Before that Eileen was a women’s health care practitioner in inner city New York.