December 19, 2017

Media Fellow Alumni: 2016-Global, 2017-Global, 2018-US, 2018-Global, 2019-Global



Title/CompanyHumanitarian Photographer & Executive Director, KIOO Project

Based InNew York City, New York, USA

Geographic Focus: Worldwide

Areas of ExpertiseWASH, women & girls, education, prison reform, disaster relief, female leadership, orphans, veterans, ecological conservation)

Websitewww.spicy-indian.com & www.kiooproject.org

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/babitapatel

Instagram: www.instagram.com/spicyindi



(All biographical info is from 2019. For latest bio, please visit Fellow’s website, LinkedIn, or other social media profiles).

Babita Patel is a Humanitarian Photographer working with nonprofits, NGOs and social enterprises to photograph their programs. She has documented the lack of access to clean water in the slums of Haiti, photographed men in maximum-security prisons who found redemption through education, and followed a ballet dancer-turned-US Marine around for the day.

Babita’s work has been featured on Al Jeezera, Forbes, The Guardian, MSNBC, PBS and Upworthy, and exhibited in Lisbon, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Parts of her story have been written about in books like Jonathan Lewis’ The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur and Jennifer Iacovelli’s Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day.

Babita is publishing Sing Sing Talks, a book of her photographs taken during the first TEDx event inside a maximum-security prison in New York State. She is currently working on an untitled book about the cradle-to-prison pipeline – one of the causes of mass incarceration in the US.

In 2012, Babita founded KIOO Project, an NGO that advances gender equality in economically challenged communities. KIOO teaches photography to girls who, in turn, teach photography to boys. She has run programs in Haiti, Kenya, India, Brooklyn NY, and Ethiopia.

Babita was a fellow in University of Pennsylvania’s Global Social Impact House, Georgetown University’s Preparing Global Leaders Academy and Opportunity Collaboration’s Boehm Media Fellowship. She is an active public speaker about the need for non-sensationalized imagery in international development, female leadership and social impact. She also mentors teenage girls looking at future careers in the arts and entrepreneurship.


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