Rangita de Silva de Alwis


Rangita is a renowned international women’s rights expert. She is Senior Adjunct Professor of Law and Global Leadership and served as the Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School where she teaches international women’s rights and a policy lab on AI and bias, among other courses. She started the Global Women’s Leadership Project and Women, Law & Leadership Lab at the University of Pennsylvania under the auspices of UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to map the laws that regulate the status of women in the family.

Rangita’s honorary appointments have included: Distinguished Advisor to Under Secretary General of the UN Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka; Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program (2019-2021); Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and member of the World Bank High Level Task Force on Technology for Access to Justice. She previously served as the inaugural director of the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and inaugural director of the Women in Public Service Institute founded by Secretary Clinton at Wellesley College.