Savita Pawnday is the Deputy Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She oversees the Global Centre's programming in New York and Geneva, and has developed innovative institutional mechanisms and capacities needed to prevent atrocities both nationally and internationally. In 2010, Ms. Pawnday was instrumental in launching the Global Network of R2P Focal Points. With over 60 countries, this is the largest network of senior governmental officials of its kind. She is currently involved in leading Global Centre engagement with UN Peacekeeping and in identifying strategies that enhance protection capacities of peacekeepers on the ground. Ms. Pawnday has worked in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi with Catholic Relief Services, in New York with Trickle Up and in India with a number of grass roots NGOs. She holds a M.A. from Fordham University in political economy and a B.A. from University of Mumbai.