Martha Chen (b. 1956) is a social worker and scholar who
has devoted much of her career to the aid of the working poor in South Asia.
She has been a representative of Oxfam in India and Bangladesh for 15 years.
She currently teaches
Public Policy at Harvard University. Her academic work has focused on issues of
gender, poverty and employment, especially in India. She has received a number
of awards for her work, including the Padma Shri from the Indian government.