India Baird

Director of Development

India Baird brings over twenty years of experience to ALU, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality, social justice, youth development and wildlife conservation. India has worked in the civil society and government, creating and building non-profit organizations and consulting to governments and foundations. A human rights lawyer, India moved to South Africa in 1991 to work with the African National Congress Constitutional Committee, focusing on children and women’s rights. Since then, she has worked on human rights and justice issues in Africa, South America, and the United States with Human Rights Watch, Vera Institute of Justice, Open Society Foundation, and the South African Ministry of Justice. Most recently, she founded Rock Girl, an NGO that trains girls as journalists then takes them on road trips across South Africa. Rock Girl won the With and For Girls Award 2017 for Africa, one of only 20 girl-led organisations selected from across the world. India is a dedicated ultra trail runner and wildlife enthusiast and has served and has been a board member of the Beaverkill Mountain Club since 2007. She has traveled extensively to national parks in 13 African countries over the last 20 years and believes in the power of travel and importance of providing opportunities for young people to experience and understand first hand the wildlife and natural habitats in their communities and across Africa. India has served on the boards of Grassroot Soccer, the Children’s Radio Foundation and other organisations dedicated to youth, education, and social justice. India received her BBA from the University of Mississippi and her JD from Emory University.