Saranga Jain Blaser is a global gender and health expert with over 20 years of experience in operations research, program planning and strategy development. Her areas of focus include gender-based violence (GBV), adolescent girls, gender and faith, male engagement, and maternal and child health in Asia and Africa.
As a gender consultant for the last decade, Saranga’s work includes managing a gender and faith initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, developing and piloting a GBV training workshop and guide for faith leaders at Episcopal Relief & Development, and conducting technical and policy analysis on child marriage data for UNICEF Indonesia.
Prior to consulting, Saranga was the Gender and Global Health Program Officer at Episcopal Relief & Development, where she led the development and inclusion of a gender strategy as part of the organization’s new, 5-year strategic plan, with gender-based violence as a key priority. She also managed the organization’s portfolio of health programming globally and integrated gender into program and monitoring and evaluation plans. Previously, Saranga was a Gender and Public Health Specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where among other efforts she conducted some of the earliest research on child marriage, including predictors, causal factors and program mapping.
Saranga has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.