ElsaMarie D’Silva

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights | India

2015 New Voices Fellow


ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. ElsaMarie is currently a Yale World Fellow and an alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department’s Fortune Program, Oxford Chevening Gurukul and the Commonwealth Leadership Program. She is also a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won several awards including the Global Leadership Award by Vital Voices in the presence of Secretary Hillary Clinton. She has penned articles that have appeared in CNNHuffington PostWIP amongst others. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for NDI, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at City-Lab London 2015. Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights.