With a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK, much of her professional life is spent working in complex political emergency, natural disasters, acute and endemic poverty, and in conflict/post-conflict contexts characterized with weak governance and fragile institutional structures, rife with violence against weaker social segments of the society and with serious human rights deficit and protection concerns. She has driven transformational change by being a strategic leader and an agile, adaptive, organised and results-driven manager, collaborating with others for achieving long-lasting impact and leading on evidence-based policy advocacy. At the same time, she has worked successfully as a senior international development & humanitarian sector consultant. Her work is guided by the principles and methodological frameworks anchored in the concepts and philosophy of community participation and empowerment, gender equality/mainstreaming, and diversity (age, disability, minority, exclusion, etc.).
Equally, she uses people-centred, conflict-sensitive, Do No Harm (DNH) and rights-based approaches. Whilst she has developed expertise and hands-on knowledge in a number of thematic & technical areas over the span of last 20 plus years, she consider these areas her forte – i.e., civic engagement in local governance/democratic processes, community resilience and disaster management, protection and social inclusion, gender equality/mainstreaming, women empowerment (economic, political, civic, etc.), child rights and protection, education (in/out of school) with focus on girls and under-privileged children, humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution and peace-building, cash-based interventions, food security and livelihoods, public service delivery systems institutional strengthening, monitoring & evaluation, impact assessment, and qualitative research. In addition, she has strong management competencies in a number of areas through leading teams and managing rather large operations and programmes (multi-million USD) and delivering results (i.e. OCHA, OXFAM, Save the Children International, Afghanaid, etc.). Particularly, she offers her management consulting expertise in organisational development, learning and knowledge management systems, strategy and policy formulation, human resources and performance management policies and systems, strategic/business planning, resource-mobilisation, mentoring and motivating multi-cultural and multi-sectoral teams, scaling up pilot initiatives, complex change management, risks management, high level alliance-building and networking for policy reform and change agenda, partnerships development, strategic communication, and evidence-based advocacy.