Program speakers


Manita Ray

Founder & Managing Director

Manita Ray is the Founder and Managing Director of Capital Human, a firm working with investors, funders and organisations to integrate gender equity, racial equity, diversity and social inclusion practices. With over 22 years of experience in the private, government, NFP and international development sectors, Manita has worked across APAC, Africa, LATAM, the Arab States and Europe. As an Engineer, she worked in the Australian renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Manita led the work for the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Frontier Incubators Program and was the lead designer of the ‘Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit’ while she was ygap’s immediate past CEO. Manita was the Gender Lens Investment Advisor to SHE Investments in Cambodia and the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Advisor for DFAT in the Solomon Islands. Currently, Manita is the Specialist for Financing for Gender Equality at the United Nations Development Program; a lead researcher and designer of the breakthrough project: Australia’s Roadmap to Gender Lens Investing; and a Board Director of Pollinate Group and Free to Feed.