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Bindu Sharma

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

Bindu Sharma is Managing Director, Asia Pacific, at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), a U.S. headquartered NGO. Based in Singapore, she brings over 20 years of experience in Asia and the United States across the private and social sector. She leads the ICMEC program in the region to expand ICMEC’s policy, advocacy, and research agenda; and to establish multi- stakeholder partnerships and programs that enhance and enrich frontline practices in child protection. Bindu, also, chairs the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Sexual Exploitation, a pioneering collaborative initiative with the financial payments and technology industry, regulators, and law enforcement.

Bindu is a founding director of ICMEC Australia, having initiated and led a partnership with Australia’s financial sector, law enforcement and regulators to design, develop and build technology tools to identify and disrupt payments for online child sexual exploitation.

Bindu authored, “Contextualizing CSR in Asia”, a broad survey detailing the history and practice of corporate social responsibility, published by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, at Singapore Management University.

Bindu serves on the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), USA and is a member of the Audit Committee. Bindu has previously served on the ICNL Board, from 2004 to 2010, as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Nominations Committee; and 1994-1997. Bindu has served on the ICNL Advisory Council since its inception.

Bindu is an enthusiastic advocate and practitioner of innovative and unconventional multi-stakeholder partnerships, as she believes each stakeholder brings a unique perspective and skill set to the table. Bindu facilitates collaborative action – enabling businesses, governments, regulators, civil society, and academia to engage in dialogue, and help them develop innovative collective responses to pressing social issues.

Bindu has been an independent consultant to a broad range of international and development organizations in Asia, Australia, and North America. Her areas of research and expertise include corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, trends in micro-finance, governance and civic accountability of the State, trends in donor priorities in development research, and program evaluation and assessment.

Earlier in her career, Bindu was based in Washington DC with Pact, Inc., a US international development organization, as the Regional Director for Asia. And in India with Jubilant Organosis Ltd.

Bindu holds Master of Arts degrees, in Public Policy and International Development, from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA, and in Economics, from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University, India.

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