Poonam Muttreja

Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) in New Delhi. The organization is a leading think tank that works toward the implementation of gender sensitive population policies, sexual and reproductive health, and development strategies. She has more than forty years of experience in development – and has set up and led several NGOs, contributing to policy and advocacy, creatively building a field, improving organizational capacity, strengthening communications for social good, promoting innovations and scaling up pilots, making grants, teaching, advising, and mentoring.

Poonam has co-conceived the popular, transmedia initiative, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon - I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything launched by PFI in 2014. In its third season, the program has introduced an Artificial Intelligence powered chat bot – SnehAI, a first of its kind initiative for a behavior change communication initiative in India. Poonam holds an undergraduate degree from Delhi University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. Poonam serves on the governing council of several non-governmental organizations and is a regular commentator in India and globally for television and the print media.



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