Dr. A. Rani Parker founded Business-Community Synergies in 2004. The company’s objective is to promote sustainable local development. We assist companies to reduce their operating risks and create long-term benefits for local communities.
Dr. Rani Parker is a leading authority on corporate-community engagement and known internationally for her work in community-based gender and social analysis. She has worked for two decades on corporate-community relationships between the public sector, private business, and civil society.
Dr. Parker’s research spans grassroots work in India, economic development programs in West Africa, gender analysis in the Middle East, and participatory evaluation and partnership building across many regions of the world. She has shown that direct relationships between international businesses and local communities mitigate risk and enhance local community development.
As Director of Woman/Child Impact Programs and Chief Advisor at Save the Children US, she created and led multi-national teams of award-winning development practitioners in capacity building and social and gender analysis in health, education and economic opportunity programs. Her work on gender analysis, Another Point of View, has been translated into five languages and is widely used for community-based gender analysis in developing countries. Her assessment of the prospects for collaboration between multinational businesses and NGOs is published in Globalization and NGOs: Transforming Business, Government, and Society.
Dr. Parker has worked and consulted in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors with organizations such as Care, Business for Social Responsibility, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, UNICEF and the UNDP.
Dr. Parker immigrated as a teenager to the United States from India. She received a Ph.D. in public administration, with a specialization in corporate community investment from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in International Economic Relations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in economics from Drew University.
Country experience: Bhutan, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar, Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Kosovo, Vietnam, Canada, United States, Haiti, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago.