Rekha Raghunathan is Senior Director – Community Relations & Engagement at Indiaspora
(India) and is based in Bangalore. She has 20 years of experience working in the US and India
and has held leadership roles across client/ donor relations, content and communications
strategy, digital and print publishing, and arts and culture management. She has built and led
several pan-India and global content teams in finance, technology, and the development sector,
and possesses a deep understanding of various non-profit sectors, including education,
healthcare, arts and culture, and social services. As a generalist, she enjoys working across functions and has experience in setting things up from scratch, incubating ideas, providing
mentorship, and running cross-functional, lean teams.
Prior to joining Indiaspora, Rekha worked at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), a
prospective university focused on urbanisation and related themes including sustainability,
climate change, disaster risk resilience, and water & sanitation. She headed the institution’s
partnerships and resource development efforts, focused on developing strategic corporate,
academic, and practice-based partnerships in India and globally. She also helped build the Word
Lab which anchored IIHS’s public cultural engagement in partnership with its Library team.
She’s a mother to two teens and two indie dogs. She has played tennis at the state, national
and university levels, and will do anything to play with Roger Federer. She is deeply interested
in mental health, libraries, and open access to knowledge.