Programmes Director – Asia Pacific, Global Programmes

Anisha Padhee

Anisha is currently Programmes Director – Asia Pacific, for the Common Purpose Global Programmes team. She is responsible for business development of global programmes for senior leaders in Asia Pac, South Asia and Africa. In her previous role as Programme Director Asia Pacific, Anisha led programme and business development for CSCLeaders in Asia Pac. With Common Purpose, Anisha has developed and delivered high quality programmes for leaders from across generations, in different parts of the world, including India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Dubai, Australia and the UK.

On joining Common Purpose she worked with Common Purpose Student Experiences, planning and delivering student programmes across Asia Pacific and the UAE. Post that she was Project Director, Common Purpose India, where she successfully led the South Asia Venture – an annual, two-part leadership development programme that seeks to bring together exceptional leaders from across all South Asian nations onto a common platform where they work together to address pressing issues relevant to the region. She comes with over ten years of experience of working across corporations and not-for-profits. Prior to Common Purpose, Anisha worked as Fellowship Selection Manager at Teach For India, where she was responsible for managing different stages of the robust selection process to ensure its smooth running and a high quality experience for over 15,000 applicants annually.

Anisha feels passionately about women's rights and gender issues, and has a diverse set of skills including training, research, strategy and planning. She has worked as an independent gender consultant and is associated with two organizations in an advisory capacity. She is a published author in academic journals and magazines. She holds a Master's in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an M.Phil in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. She currently lives with her husband in Bangalore, India.