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Maya Ajmera is the president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and publisher of its award-winning magazine Science News and its family of media properties. It is best known for its world-class science competitions including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom Masters. Maya founded The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world's most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya's 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a seedling of a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. To date, GFC has awarded nearly $40 million to over 600 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of over 10 million children. Maya is also an award winning children's book author of over twenty titles including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, To Be a Kid and most recently Every Breath We Take with over four million readers worldwide. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times, NPR, and many others. Maya has held several academic appointments including the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is co-chair of the board of Echoing Green and serves on the Board of Kids in Need of Defense. Maya received a MPP from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and an AB in biology from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.