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Melany Grout Manager, Program Operations

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Secure land rights can unlock fundamental rights for women. And in turn, these women can unlock positive change for themselves, their families and their communities.


Melany Grout is an attorney and land tenure specialist in the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. Grout leads Landesa’s global advocacy on the development of “post-2015” sustainable development goals, engaging stakeholders ranging from civil society organizations and UN agencies to country governments. She also provides technical assistance and strategic and design oversight for Landesa’s Girls Project in West Bengal, India. Prior to joining Landesa, Grout was the Director of Conflict Risk Network, where she led corporate responsibility-related work with global asset management firms, pension funds, socially responsible investment firms, UN and U.S. government offices, multinational corporations and the extractives sector.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Women’s land rights
  • Legal and policy research
  • Project management
  • Land tenure policy
  • Tenancy and leasing
  • Inheritance law and practice
  • Training and capacity building support
  • Livelihood promotion
  • Policy advocacy


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law.
  • B.A., University of Washington.

International Experience:

  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • West Bank
  • India
  • Italy
  • USA


  • ONE Campaign: 5 girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal. September 3, 2014.
  • The Daily Beast: Improving girls’ education through sacks of chilies. September 6, 2013.


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