Sahana Dharmapuri is an independent gender advisor with
over a decade of experience providing policy research, writing, and training services on gender,
peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, UNIFEM/Inclusive Security, international development
consulting firms and NGOs. Ms. Dharmapuri is leading the Gender and Security Seminar Series at
the Carr Center. She has lectured on gender and security issues at a wide variety of institutions
including, USAID, Harvard University, the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, and at
three of the major U.S. combat and command centers. Her field experience includes Liberia, Sierra
Leone, Rwanda, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, India, Uzbekistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Ms. Dharmapuri served as the gender advisor on conflict and complex emergency situations for the
Office of Women in Development at USAID from 2003 to 2006. She was an Investing in Women in
Development Fellow at USAID from 2003-2005. Prior to her work at USAID, she worked in Washington,
DC at The Ashoka Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, The Fair Labor Association, and the Center
for Middle East Peace. Ms. Dharmapuri was selected to be a member of the American Council of Young
Political Leaders in 1999. She received both of her Masters Degrees (a Masters in Middle East
Studies and a Masters in Public Policy) from the University of Chicago in 1997. She is currently
a board member of The Emancipation Network, an anti-trafficking organization dedicated to caring
for survivors of trafficking.
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Siddharth Kara is a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. He is one of the world's foremost experts on contemporary slavery and will be co-teaching the first human trafficking course at the Harvard Kennedy School during 2012. Kara is best known for his award-winning book, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery,” the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. “Sex Trafficking” was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The Award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award. In addition to his books, Kara is also the author of several academic and law journal articles.
Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, he has traveled to twenty-five countries across six continents to research these crimes, interviewing over one thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them. Most of Kara’s research has been self-funded, but he has also received research support from charitable foundations such as Humanity United and Google.org.
Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on antislavery research, policy and law. Kara's second book on slavery, “Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia” is scheduled to be published in 2012. Kara is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, and his ongoing research into slavery around the world has been covered by CNN, the BBC, and CNBC.
Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a Law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.