Nicolette Naylor

International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

Nicolette Naylor

Nicolette Naylor

International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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Nicolette Naylor serves as international program director for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice. She also represents the foundation's Southern Africa office in Johannesburg, where her grant making has focused on human rights and governance, with a specific focus on women's rights and realizing the progressive socioeconomic rights enshrined in the region’s constitutions. She also plays a key role in relation to expanding the role of philanthropy, including local philanthropy, in the region and facilitates the building of partnerships between civil society, governments, and philanthropic partners in the region.

Before joining the foundation in 2007, Nicolette worked as a lawyer in the equality program at the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (Interights) in London, focusing on international human rights and litigation, specifically women's rights, before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the European Court of Human Rights. Previously, she served as a public interest lawyer at the Women’s Legal Centre, based in Cape Town, where she worked to protect and promote women’s rights.

Nicolette has been appointed to a number of advisory bodies, in both South Africa and other parts of the continent, such as the Committee on Gender Equity, established by the South African minister of education, and a Nigerian committee of experts, set up to review draft legislation on violence against women in Nigeria. She has also served as a member of ACHPR’s expert committee for the protection of the rights of people living with, at risk for, or otherwise affected by HIV in Africa.

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Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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Director, Private Equity & Real Assets at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Technology & Society at Ford Foundation

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Project Director, Moving Image Strategies, International Programs at Ford Foundation

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Program Officer, Andean Region at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation
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International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa
2007 - Current

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

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