Diana Rowan Rockefeller is Founder and Chair of Afghan Women Leaders CONNECT, founded in 2001 which for thirteen years supported Afghan women NGO leaders rebuilding their country through health, educational and legal aid programs (www.afghanwomenconnect.org). A philanthropist and activist focusing for over three decades on women’s economic, educational and social equity issues, Ms. Rowan Rockefeller served for fourteen years on the Rockefeller Family Fund in New York.
Ms. Rowan Rockefeller has served on the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council since its inception at the U.S. State Department and has taken part in delegations to Afghanistan, also traveling there on her own. She is a current member of the Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Council at the Council on Foreign Relations. She served for two years as New York Leadership Circle Co-Chair of Women for Women International, which supports women survivors of war in eight countries.
Ms. Rowan Rockefeller has been active for more than two decades with the Tibetan struggle for human rights and cultural survival, and has hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of the International Campaign for Tibet. She has worked as a management development consultant for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government, as an editor for The Atlantic magazine, and as a writer for international publications. She holds a B.A. with honors, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and has studied at the Harvard Divinity School. Ms. Rowan Rockefeller has also received an Honorary Doctorate for Humanitarian Services from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.