I have been involved in international development, democratic governance, rule of law, justice, human rights and civil society issues at the program and project management and consultancy levels with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for over 17 years. I have worked in the field in complex places such as Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Timor-Leste. I engaged closely with the national counterparts in these countries, including the civil society organizations, and also with the bilateral and multilateral donors building partnerships and establishing networks for effective implementation and monitoring of programmes, projects and initiatives. I traveled widely in the Asia-Pacific region on UNDP assignments and missions.
In addition and in the context of UNDP projects, I collaborated closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Bar Association (IBA), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and Germany's GIZ. I was able to secure substantial financial contributions from donors such as the European Union, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Switzerland, and New Zealand, among others.
My international work always required strong interpersonal and communication skills, not only with the people at the organizational level but also with those that the development programmes and projects intend to help and empower. I have direct experience in building consensus, motivating teams, leading negotiations and facilitating discussions and consultations at both the high policy and working levels.
I have a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts, USA), a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology both from the University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri, USA).