Maya Ajmera

Maya Ajmera

President & CEO, Society for Science & the Public; Publisher, Science News

Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and the Publisher of Science News, and an alumna of the organization’s most prestigious competition, the Science Talent Search. In 2013-2014, Maya served as the Inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Duke University. In 1993, Maya founded The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. To date, GFC has awarded nearly $40 million to more than 700 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of nearly 10 million children. Maya also authored Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development at the Grassroots, published by Palgrave Macmillan last year. She is an award-winning children’s book author of 20 titles with more than 5 million readers worldwide. She is a recipient of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship and holds an MPP from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.