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Govind Kelkar Senior Advisor

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Land ownership provides dignity, autonomy and agency to women.


Govind Kelkar is Senior Advisor to Landesa in New Delhi, India. She is also Regional Council Member of Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has previously worked for UN Women, and taught at Delhi University, the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. At AIT, Dr Kelkar founded the graduate program in Gender Development Studies and also the Gender, Technology and Development Journal, published by SAGE, India. Govind has worked extensively on gender and energy transition in rural Asia. She has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals with a focus on gender relations in Asia and has been in close touch with women’s movements in the region.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research Methods
  • Land Rights Formalization
  • Women’s Access and Rights to Land
  • Inheritance Law and Practice
  • Rural Development
  • Agricultural Development
  • Participatory Processes
  • Training and Capacity Building Support
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Gender and Energy
  • Gender and Information Technology


  • Ph.D. Political Economy of China
  • L.L.B. & Advocate

International Experience:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam


  • Hindi
  • English
  • Urdu
  • Mandarin