Maya Ajmera

President and CEO,
Society for Science & the Public

Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News. Founded in 1921, the Society is best known for its world-class science competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning science journalism.

In 1993, Maya founded The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya’s 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. To date, GFC has awarded nearly $43 million to more than 700 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of nearly 10 million children. She is also author of the book, “Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development at the Grassroots”.

Maya is also an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 titles, including Every Breath We Take, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, and To Be a Kid, with more than 5 million readers worldwide.

Maya is Co-Chair of the board of Echoing Green and a board member for Kids in Need of Defense. She also serves on the faculty at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Maya holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College and MPP from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Maya is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.