Before becoming involved in humanitarian assistance, I practiced as a Professional Engineer for some years in Canada after studying at the University of Toronto. I’ve now been engaged in humanitarian action for more than 15 years. For about half this time, I worked as a project manager and team leader in water and sanitation programming in various conflicts around the world, including the Great Lakes Region and Afghanistan. In between responses, I earned an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS.
Over the last eight years, I have developed and led a wide range of humanitarian research projects while at the Overseas Development Institute and now at World Vision. At ODI, I led a portfolio of research in various countries and crises in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia, including projects on the role of remittances in livelihoods, corruption risks in relief programming, social protection systems, the use of cash and vouchers in emergencies, longitudinal study of livelihoods in crises, as well as commissioned evaluations.
Today I’m co-ordinating and directing research to build the knowledge and evidence base for my WVI’s policy and practice in humanitarian response. I support our practitioners to carry out research within our programmes in partnerships with academic researchers to collaborate on the challenges of implementing research in disasters and to ensure such research is relevant with practical findings for humanitarians to apply to their work.
I represent the agency in various international fora to present the knowledge or innovation such research is yielding and to engage and collaborate with other humanitarians in shaping the research agenda in various areas with knowledge gaps, such as urban conflict, mental health and psychosocial support, and child protection.
I presently sit on steering committees for ALNAP and IASC Inter-agency Humanitarian Evaluation in addition to ELRHA.