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Siteng Jia

Young Professional, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

I am part of the Young ICIMOD Professional Programme, which allows me as a PhD student studying Gender and Development in the Asian Institute of Technology to also work with our gender team to promote gender equality and social inclusion within sustainable development efforts for mountain people.

Siteng Jia

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

In my work with the gender team, I ensure that gender issues don’t get forgotten and marginalized people are also part of the efforts to protect the pulse of our planet.
Personally, I try to keep a humble heart and understand the complexity of the world and our relationship with the rest of the planet.

Q:

What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

We have a wonderful team with both professional academic knowledge and rich working experience. Working at ICIMOD has given me more broad vision on development work and better understandings of the people living in mountain areas. ICIMOD is a very flexible working place and everyone can enjoy the unique South Asia culture here as well.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

For my personal life, I would like to use the knowledge I have learned to do something useful for this society, which is the reason why I pursue studies on development. I like everything related to beauty, like movies, music, books, and art.

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My qualifications

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I have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a Master’s degree in anthropology from Yunnan University, China. Before joining ICIMOD, I worked as a business consultant in the private sector for one year. Now I am a PhD student studying at the Asian Institute of Technology, majoring in Gender and Development.