I’m a humanitarian aid worker and entrepreneur in ed/tech and global education. I write creatively and stay in my orbit in all seasons. Strong at: accessible education, being nontraditional, strategy, creative writing, design and applying my imagination and creativity. Passionate about accessible education, being free, gardening, design, cooking, true stories. Have had the privilege of having worked in two of the newest countries in the world – Kosovo and South Sudan. In the past 18 years, I have lived and worked in: Afghanistan, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, England, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, South Africa and South Sudan. Currently learning calligraphy.
Here’s a little bit about me, and a lot about all versions.
Geeta brings over 15 years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance to The Global Sleepover, including over 9 years as a Senior Program Analyst with the United States Agency for International Development(USAID). Geeta’s experiences working and living in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Colombia, the U.K., Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina influenced her as an entrepreneur to found and grow The Global Sleepover.
Geeta’s experience ranges from: entrepreneurship, creative direction and design, interactive and multi-media technology, creative writing, international development project implementation and management, and cultural, global and literacy education.
A 2003 graduate of the Presidential Management Fellowship program in Washington, DC and a 2011-2012 Innovation Fellow with ConvergeUS, Geeta is a two-time recipient of the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Grant and speaks Hindi, Urdu, and basic Spanish and Serbian. Geeta holds a BA in Creative Writing from University of Houston and a MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC.
Geeta learned about the unequivocal power of education through her father. A refugee from an ethnic partition in India in 1947, he overcame economic and social adversity through earning five higher education degrees – truly transformative education.
This is Geeta’s motivation behind founding Global Sleepover – harnessing the power of technology to make education and literacy more accessible to children who have least access.