I arrive at CIE via Kampala Uganda where I worked for nearly three years leading an education and child labor project. The project focused on children and young people affected by the bitter civil war in the Northern region of the country.  Previously, I worked on girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before getting into the education sector I worked on gender issues in southern Africa, specifically inheritance rights in Malawi and Zimbabwe. My Masters degree is in International Development from the School for International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, DC with a concentration in non-formal education and gender.


Two important themes of my work have always been importance of coordination of education actors and their efforts as well as the need to look creatively and critically at how to develop and offer education opportunities to children and young people that are denied access, whether they are girls, heading households, or working to support their families.


After working on capacity building and education initiatives in under-resourced and conflict affected areas for over eight years, it feels like a gift to be at CIE and have the time and space ahead of me to step back, reflect, and analyze more deeply the field of comparative education. I have been very fortunate to have worked with gifted and innovative people and groups throughout my professional career, from who I have learned a great deal. While at CIE, I hope I will be able to organize and make sense of that learning in order to improve my ability to contribute to meaningful social change around education.


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