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Aapurv Jain 

Associate Director, Bilateral Relations, Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRF/DRAF) 

Aapurv Jain works as the Associate Director of Bilateral Relations at the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. In his current role, he manages and cultivates partnerships with bilateral donors to increase funding for the global disability rights movement, especially groups in the Global South. Aapurv is also a member of the UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group in India.

Aapurv is passionate about mobilising resources and building cross-sectoral partnerships to shift power to the hands of historically marginalised groups. Previously, he led the Business Development and Grants Unit for Restless Development’s Uganda Hub, where he designed multi-country programs to strengthen youth civil society across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

In India, he worked with organisations like BBC Media Action, Partners for Law in Development and the International Commission of Jurists on sexual and reproductive health and rights and access to justice. In the UK, he co-founded ‘Queer’ Asia, a network of queer-identifying scholars, academics, activists and artists for Inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue, and research.

Aapurv holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Sexuality from SOAS, the University of London as a Felix Scholar, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

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