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Rohit Burman

Affiliated Senior Consultant

Rohit Burman is a senior philanthropic leader with over 20 years of global experience in foundation and nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. He is recognized for his expertise in grantmaking strategy, program development, communications and stakeholder engagement, employee engagement programs and change management.

Among Rohit’s focus areas are arts and culture, youth development, the environment and public health. He has overseen the creation of significant global corporate responsibility programs and foundations that achieved long-lasting impact on four continents. At the Kavelman Group, he provides client services in the areas of grantmaking strategy and special project development. 

Rohit began his career as a Program Fellow at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He went on to hold senior positions at J.P. Morgan’s Philanthropic Services Group, MetLife Foundation, M•A•C AIDS Fund and The Estée Lauder Companies.

Prior to joining The Kavelman Group, Rohit served as Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies, where he launched The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation. In this role, he designed and implemented global strategy and programs for the company, encompassing all philanthropic, brand purpose initiative, employee engagement, product donation and sustainability efforts. 

Previously Rohit held the position of Executive Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for the M•A•C AIDS Fund, where his responsibilities included developing and overseeing the fund’s $20 million portfolio. Committed to making a global impact, Rohit spearheaded programs across U.K and Ireland, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and India.  He also served a critical role in the design and launch of the Fund’s rigorous metrics and evaluation processes.

Rohit also held the position of Director at MetLife Foundation, where he oversaw a $12 million grants portfolio. Before joining MetLife, he oversaw the management of 15 client foundations at J.P. Morgan's Philanthropic Services Group.

He has served on a number of philanthropic boards, including Boards of Directors of Philanthropy New York; Grantmakers in the Arts; Funders for LGBTQ Issues; and the Steering Committee of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group. In addition, he was a member of the Leadership Council of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management and the Education Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Early in his career, Rohit co-chaired the Board of Directors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.

Rohit received his Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, where he was awarded a merit-based University Scholarship. He holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of Wooster and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to English, he is fluent in Hindi and Bengali.