Matt Reed is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation (India), which is active in seven states. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Programmes at the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), where he oversaw strategic partnerships, long-range business development, and project oversight for the Aga Khan Development Network with European governments, development finance institutions, and multilateral development banks. Before joining AKDN, Dr. Reed was Associate Vice President and Secretary to the Board of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, a member of the Claremont Colleges.
Previously, Matt Reed served as Assistant to the President at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he wrote about all aspects of the Foundation’s domestic and international programs. As a Program Director at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria, Dr. Reed organized sessions and special projects on international relations, global politics and current cultural affairs.
Matt Reed has a Ph.D. in European History and an M.A. in European Studies from Claremont Graduate University. During his graduate work, he was affiliated with the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. His B.A. is in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.
Too many women in India lack the fundamental dignity and self-determination that modern societies seek for their citizens. Yet the arc of history is bending in India. The world's largest democracy will be truly exemplary when its women are full participants in its society and politics. There are a number of very concrete things we can do to advance this path, improving the quality of life and laying the foundation for social inclusion, greater liberty and fundamental dignity.
I am in Rajasthan this week for the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), on an annual pilgrimage I have made ever since arriving in India. I first came three years ago, not long after I had become the CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Delhi. Right away, I knew AKF had a place here: excited throngs of people, mostly Indian, many in their teens and twenties, joining together for five days to celebrate words, ideas, and dialogue. What better emblem of India's tremendous diversity, pluralism, and intellectual energy?