Aapurv Jain is the Associate Director of Bilateral Relations at the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. He manages and cultivates relationships with bilateral donors.
Aapurv is passionate about mobilizing resources and building cross-sectoral partnerships to shift power to the hands of historically marginalized groups. He brings a depth of experience in cultivating relationships, leading proposal development, and managing grants funded by bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and philanthropic foundations. He has over eight years of experience in the international development sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe. Prior to joining DRF/DRAF, Aapurv 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. He has previously managed programs and partnerships for BBC Media Action. He has also worked with Partners for Law in Development, a feminist legal resource group, and the International Commission of Jurists to strengthen access to justice for women, girls, and LGBTI communities in India and across South Asia. Aapurv is also a member of the UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group.
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. When not chasing proposal deadlines and funding flows, he spends his time listening to podcasts and music, reading books, working out, cooking, and baking.