Kavita is the Global Conservation Director at WWF. She is responsible for the WWF Practices delivering against the WWF conservation goals to protect and restore habitats including landscapes, freshwater systems and oceans; protect species; and tackle climate change. This combines work with the food system, harnessing markets and the financial sector, and engaging communities. She leads the development of WWF strategy and approach, partnership development and engagement, planning and performance as well as campaigns.
Prior to this position, she led WWF’s global practice on Markets – engaging companies, communities and citizens / consumers. Priority initiatives include reducing demand for ivory in China, addressing plastics in the environment and enabling conversion-free commodity production. She also established WWF’s Food Practice and defined its strategy and outcomes.
Previously, Kavita was Executive Director of Grow Asia in Singapore; the Global Head, Food Security Agenda at Syngenta International; and Executive Director, SustainAbility in London. She has worked at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC and Glaxo SmithKline in India.
Kavita is a Board member of Volans, member of Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board, and member of the Advisory Board of SustainAbility Inc. She has been on numerous councils and boards including the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security and Nutrition and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.