Anita Krishnamurthi

Former Head of Education & Learning, Wellcome Trust

Anita Krishnamurthi is a passionate advocate for equitable access to education and science. Trained as a research astronomer with a PhD in Astrophysics from The Ohio State University, Anita moved to a career focused on STEM education and informal learning recognizing its intersection with social mobility and social justice.

She most recently served as the Head of Education and Learning at the Wellcome Trust, a global health philanthropy based in London. Prior to her role at Wellcome, Anita worked in a range of organizations based in Washington, DC that included non-profits, Government and academia. Her roles included serving as Vice President for STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, Program Manager at NASA Headquarters, Lead for Education and Public Outreach in the Astrophysics Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, and the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomical Society.

Anita grew up in India and moved to the United States for her PhD before recently moving to the UK. This life experience drives a global perspective and a great interest in engaging with a diverse range of people and issues to advance equity and bring about systemic change. She serves on the Boards of the National Girls Collaborative in the United States and the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust in the UK and is very active in mentoring women at various career stages.

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