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Welcome to my portfolio. I am an Indian-American entrepreneur, writer and traveler.
I am a Marketing Analyst in Mastercard‘s Data & Services segment, managing marketing for our Travel and Government verticals. I was recently recognized with Mastercard’s 2020 CEO’s Force for Good Award and serve as the Philanthropy Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network.
I am an MBA student at Johns Hopkins University with concentrations in Leadership, Innovation and Marketing. I graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a BA in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. At BU, I served on the Executive Board of the International Affairs Association (the university’s largest student organization), was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Relations Review, and founded Students for the United Nations (the university’s inaugural UNA-USA chapter). I also worked at the Pardee School of Global Studies.
I am the author of “The Voice of Thunder,” a Young Adult Fiction novel. I am currently working on writing a sequel, “The Dying of Empires,” and am searching for an agent to represent me. I am launching my next book, “Ignite Your Story,” in May 2021.
I am the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Refuge, a nonprofit that leverages technology and the Google Street Maps platform to connect refugees living in urban spaces with the necessary aid resources around them by breaking geographic and language barriers.
I was the co-founder and President of Global Ambassadors INTERACT and REACT News, organizations focused on educating students K-12 about the Sustainable Development Goals through art and technology, and raising funds to build fresh water facilities in local Kenyan communities. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of Westchester as the Young Professionals Co-Chair and Social Media Director.
I am a global citizen: I have worked in New York, Boston, London, Beijing, Sydney, and the United Nations. I have conducted research in Istanbul, Bangkok, and New York. I have run or supported programs in New York, Boston, Sweden, the UK, India, New Zealand, Tanzania, and Kenya. In 22 years, I have traveled globally to 33 countries from Iceland to Costa Rica to Singapore.
I have been practicing Bollywood dance since I was seven years old. I choreographed for White Plains High School’s Jiggy Showcase for two years and danced on Boston University’s award-winning Bollywood fusion team, Chankaar.
I have been recognized for my work by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Mastercard, Zonta International, the Walt Disney Foundation and Claes Nobel, among others.
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See my LinkedIn for more information, or find me @raina_kadavil on Instagram to follow my travels.