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Elsa Marie D' Silva

With management expertise to operationalise startups and establish key processes within the organisation, ElsaMarie D'Silva is also focussed on women and youth empowerment in the area of gender-based violence.
Elsa Marie D' Silva is a former aviation professional and social entrepreneur, with about 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. She made a career switch in 2013, and was aimed at bringing about social change to improve the lives of women, youth and senior citizens through awareness, interaction and education, which led her to found Under her leadership and vision, Safecity has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Nepal. She is a 2020 Gratitude Network Fellow & 2019 International Women's Forum Fellow, 2019 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, 2018 Yale World Fellow, 2017 Stanford Draper Hills Summer School Fellow, 2017 Chevening Gurukul Fellow at Oxford University, 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow, 2015 Aspen New Voices Fellow, 2014 Vital Voices Lead Fellow, an alumna of the Swedish Institute (2012) and the US Department of State's Fortune Programme (2016), and a participant of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016.


Awards and Recognitions
YourStory's 100 Digital Influencers of 2020
ElsaMarie writes about women's safety, gender violence, and safety in public spaces. She has penned several articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post and the WIP, and her work has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Swedish TV, and many more. Apart from this, she is also an active contributor to YourStory media, bringing her experience to her writing, be it talking about sexual and gender-based violence or how women often face the imposter syndrome. “We need to celebrate the victories of every woman because with each win, we move forward in our fight for equality and a world free from violence.”