Innovative Livelihood Options Specialist
Strategic Group 2: Shaping Green and Resilient Mountain Economies
SG2 – Action Area C (AAC): Adapting and Transforming Livelihoods and Economies
My role is to lead in planning and management of content as well as resources; to walk the talk and transform talk into action; to build and foster relationships and communications around the conservation and development agenda related to Bam-e-Dunya; and to lead the way toward impact for our landscape-focused initiative which works across the Karakoram and Pamir Mountains and the Wakhan along the China–Pakistan–Afghanistan–Tajikistan border area.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet through my work in an incredibly inspiring landscape, which many call the “roof of the world,” by creating content and interventions, and sharing knowledge and communicating opportunities with a broad range of stakeholders.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
My many favorite parts of the work I do at ICIMOD include the communication, relationships, and the people. But I also find inspiring the critically important work of designing programme content with partners to create, share, and amplify for impact.
What are you passionate about?
I am a conservation and development activist and enthusiast. I love working to harmonize conservation with development and I am especially passionate about multidisciplinary engagement in a transboundary context.
I have a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and twenty years of development experience focused on livelihoods, poverty, and emergency/disaster recovery, market development, entrepreneurship, private sector, trade, and ecotourism. Recent work experiences have focused on facilitating dialogues around planning and management of protected areas, ecosystem assessments and valuation and conducting ecotourism assessments for strategy and policy design. I’m well versed in effective partnering and engaging multiple stakeholders including children, youth, elders, farmers, producers, women, men, authorities, micro-entrepreneurs and investors. I use a combination of art and science skills while planning and managing programmes so as to combine conservation and development for lasting impact.
The global biodiversity conservation agenda needs to be customized to the local context if we are to make significant advances, ...