Dr. Veena Khandke holds bachelor and master degrees in Psychology from the University of Mumbai (India), and a doctorate in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Khandke was born in Hong Kong, grew up in India and is fluent in four of India’s 23 official languages. She has been a US citizen since 2008. Dr. Khandke is an adjunct instructor in Asian studies at Furman University and her academic interests have always focused heavily on poverty in developing countries and women’s rights and empowerment. She is a member of DFW in Greenville, where she resides with her family. “I see working with DFW as the coming together of all parts of me: academic training, passion and contributing to changing the lives of women and girls in developing countries,” Dr. Khandke says.