Gayathri is a Director of Girl Effect. She has been leading Girl Effect’s team in Ethiopia to build Yegna – the Ethiopian multimedia youth brand – into a national, impact-driven platform that creates lasting change for adolescent girls across the country. Gayathri joined Girl Effect in 2014 with fifteen years’ experience in international development. She has a background in economics, social policy and children’s rights and has led development programmes in Southern Africa, the Caribbean, the Palestinian Territories and North Africa. Before joining Girl Effect, Gayathri worked for UNICEF, DFID and in the private sector, leading social and economic transformation programmes on a range of issues by working to end child marriage in rural Ethiopia and building pro-poor trade agreements in the Southern African region.