Ritika Chopra brings more than 20 years of professional experience to her role as Gender Advisor to USAID/India, including having served with the U.S. Mission in India since 2000 in both USAID/India and the U.S. Embassy New Delhi. She was formally appointed as USAID/India Gender Advisor in March 2021, after assuming the acting role since 2016. Ms. Chopra provides technical expertise on how best to integrate gender across USAID/India’s development portfolio, and spearheads the Gender Working Group. She also regularly liaises with the GenDev Office and Asia Bureau in Washington, D.C., and facilitates sharing of lessons learned from the USAID/India perspective. Ms. Chopra also served as the Asia Representative, Global Foreign Service National Advocacy Council for USAID from 2016-2018 where she regularly provided recommendations on how best to empower USAID locally employed staff. Ms. Chopra holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University. Ms. Chopra is known to exercise her fun-loving and extroverted personality through serving as a Master of Ceremonies at internal and external facing events.