NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Global Foundation for Eating Disorders (GFED) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sangita Karra as its new Executive Director. Sangita will oversee GFED’s efforts to eliminate eating disorders through the funding of research, awareness and education. She will work in partnership with business leaders, researchers and clinicians who are committed to helping the estimated 30 million Americans who struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives – 1 of every 10 people.
Sangita brings over a decade of nonprofit experience to GFED, most recently serving as the Director of Philanthropy for Heifer International, a $130 million international nonprofit providing agricultural solutions to end poverty and hunger in over 30 countries. She was formerly the Chief Development Officer for Pratham USA, the largest educational NGO in India. At Pratham USA, she worked with 14 regional volunteer chapters across the country to raise $11 million in funds annually. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of Planned Giving for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a $250 million nonprofit organization and world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of GFED, I am delighted to welcome Sangita” said Board Chair Leah Komar Harris. “These are exciting times for us and Sangita’s wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership in serving those in need will contribute to GFED’s mission to eliminate eating disorders. There is so much opportunity and we look forward to making significant inroads toward curing these horrible diseases.”
“GFED works with an extraordinary team of scientists applying cutting edge advances in neuroscience and technology. GFED’s scientists are not only helping us understand the elusive neurobiology of eating disorders but they are also breaking down barriers to developing and disseminating the most effective treatments.” said Sangita. “I feel strongly that GFED’s commitment to investing in research is our best hope at tackling the prevalence of eating disorders around the world.”
The Global Foundation for Eating Disorders is an aggregate of doctors, business leaders, researchers and clinicians whose mission is to eliminate eating disorders.
GFED has been carefully designed to fill a gap in the eating disorders field. We focus on providing funds for scientists to improve and disseminate the best available treatments to the millions of patients with these illnesses. We are especially interested in the application of recent advances in genetics, neuroscience and technology to cure eating disorders. To learn more please visit our website: ww.gfed.org or follow us @gfed.