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Maya Ajmera

Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science and Publisher of its magazine, Science News. The Society is best known for its award-winning journalism, world-class science competitions and its suite of outreach and equity programs. 


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. Under her 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. 


Maya served as the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Duke University and Visiting Professor for the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. She was a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and continues to serve as an adjunct there. Maya is also an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 titles with more than 5 million readers worldwide. 


Maya holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.P.P. from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.