Ingrid Srinath is executive director of Childline India Foundation, which operates a telephone helpline called Childline for children in distress. Founded in 1996, it was India’s first 24-hour, toll-free phone outreach service for children.
Prior to that, she was chief executive of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. CIVICUS is an influential global network of organizations at local, national, regional and international levels, dedicated to strengthening civil society throughout the world, including the Philippines, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened. Ms. Srinath also serves on the board of the IANGO Accountability Charter and on the World Economic Forum NGO Advisory Group. Prior to joining CIVICUS, she served as chief executive of India’s leading child rights advocacy organization, Child Rights and You.
A Synergos Senior Fellow, she has been a passionate advocate for the child rights movement and social justice movements in multiple public forums as well as in the media, in India and other countries around the world. Her prior experience of over a decade in the private sector, chiefly in marketing and advertising, has enabled Srinath to facilitate dialogue across sectors and to build sustainable resource mobilization, branding and advocacy strategies as a consultant and trainer for other nonprofit organizations in India and overseas including Children's Hour and the Ayala Foundation in the Philippines.