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My Projects


  • Currently providing guidance on gender sensitivity and gender mainstreaming for the project “WE-Champs: Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem by Networking Regional Women’s Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations,” implemented by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. (Timeframe: 01/2023-12/2024).

  • The assignment entails providing guidance on gender sensitivity and gender mainstreaming for the Fund for Regional Stabilization and Development (FRSD) in Niger and Mali for GIZ and ECOWAS. The FRSD will focus on inclusive private sector development and economic development, skills development (TVET), and employment generation. (Timeframe: 08, 2022 - 03, 2023).

  • The assignment entails providing conflict sensitivity, including writing an integrated peace and conflict assessment for the project on Good Governance Through GovTech and Transparency in Ukraine for the German Development Agency (GIZ). (Timeframe: 10/2022-03/2023).

  • The assignment entailed assisting in the launch of a new IOM research center, the Gender and Migration Research Policy Action Lab (GenMig). Tasks include writing a 3-year-long work plan, identifying key stakeholders, including potential donors, proposing deliverables, and expanding the center’s network. (Timeframe: 09 - 12, 2022).

  • The assignment entailed providing guidance on gender and conflict sensitivity for a project, “Utilization and Implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine in the field of trade / EU4 Business: SME Competitiveness and Internationalization,” GIZ. In addition, the assignment included writing a gender analysis to inform the project’s operations in the war context. Tasks also included conducting interviews with project staff and local stakeholders and giving training on gender and conflict sensitivity. (Timeframe: 04 - 09, 2022).

  • The assignment entailed providing guidance on gender and conflict sensitivity for a project, “Digital Transformation of SMEs in Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia,” German Development Agency (GIZ). In addition, the assignment includes writing a Gender Analysis and an integrated Peace and Conflict assessment of the project, which focuses on the policy level, skills development (TVET), and private sector development. Tasks included conducting interviews with project staff and local stakeholders. (Timeframe: 08 - 10, 2022).

  • The assignment entailed writing a gender analysis for the “Fund for Regional Stabilization and Development,” focusing on Guinea-Bissau for GIZ and ECOWAS. The FRSD will focus on inclusive private sector and economic development, skills development (TVET), and employment generation. (Timeframe: 10, 2021 - 10, 2022).

  • The assignment entailed writing an integrated context and human rights analysis for a project entitled “Strengthening the Influence of Palestinian Refugees on their Living Conditions” for GIZ. The regional project encompasses Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank, and Gaza. Tasks included conducting interviews with project staff, stakeholders, and focus groups in all four geographic areas. (Timeframe: 03-07, 2021).

  • The assignment entailed conducting research and writing a report on conflict dynamics and potential opportunities for economic development, skills development (TVET), and employment generation for youth, women, and irregular migrants for a Dutch NGO, SPARK, in Libya. In addition, I developed relations with key stakeholders. (Timeframe: 11, 2020 - 02, 2021).

  • The assignment entailed writing a report, “Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peace and Transition Processes,” for the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. In addition, the assignment included presenting the findings of my report during a plenary session. Tasks also included joining key stakeholder meetings on the humanitarian crisis of the war in Syria. (Timeframe: 03 - 06, 2019).

  • The assignment included providing an analysis of the impact of programming on skills development (TVET), livelihood security, and employment generation targeted at the Syrian refugee community and host communities in Turkey for the International Labour Organization Turkey Office. Tasks included conducting interviews with project staff, stakeholders, and focus groups. (Timeframe: 09, 2017 - 02, 2018).

  • The assignment included analyzing the labor market in Turkey, considering the status of child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, gender discrimination, and the increase of Syrian refugees in the labor market for an NGO, Verite. Tasks included conducting interviews with stakeholders and focus groups. (Timeframe: 01 - 04, 2017).

Training on Business for Peace

Fragile and conflict-affected environments are often marked by a failing economy, fractured society, deteriorating security, and political instability. Despite challenging operational environments, what if companies could cultivate the conditions that enhance sustainable peace and inclusive development through their core business models? While companies cannot substitute the need for strong institutions and fundamental reforms of governance structures, there is growing recognition that businesses can shape the conditions that determine whether instability will evolve into a durable peace or collapse into armed conflict. Stakeholders, including the business and investment communities, consumers, policymakers, and donor agencies, assert that companies, regardless of size, sector, and composition, can contribute economic value in a way that also creates value for the communities in which they are engaged. More specifically, by pursuing conflict-sensitive and positive business practices, companies impact the workplace, labor market, and marketplace to develop fair, inclusive, and just societies while addressing the root causes of conflict, including structural inequalities.  

Key learnings 

  • Learn how companies of all sizes, compositions, and sectors can cultivate sustainable ecosystems that create robust, equitable, and stable communities and markets.

  • Develop an understanding of the various stakeholders interested in conflict-sensitive and positive business engagement, including responsible investment actors. 

  • Develop a conflict-sensitive and positive business engagement organization. 

  • Learn how to implement conflict-sensitive and positive business activities. 

United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace

The purpose of the PRME Business for Peace (B4P) Working Group is to create a value proposition of continuous, applied research that will provide tools for incorporating business for peace into management education and encourage the sustained wide-spread integration of contributions to peace into company operations and strategy—while also helping to establish which business practices contribute most directly to peace. Check out our website to learn more about the Working Group on Business for Peace, including webinars and a repository of publications.

United Nations and London School of Economics and Political Science IDEAS, Business and Human Security Initiative

How can business protect and empower individuals and communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis? This initiative aims to develop a model framework of Human Security Business Partnership to encourage collaboration between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society to address a wide range of security needs on the ground - working towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Centre Leadership, Ethics, and Organization at Queen's University

The Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO) is an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, Belfast. It aims to promote management and organisational studies (MOS) research into issues relating to leadership, ethical management practices including decision making and sustainability, and organisational development / transition. The Centre seeks to explore these areas within the wider research context of grand challenges, wicked problems  and system wide change. Global concerns such as climate change, the recent experience of the pandemic, the impact of AI, international terrorism, mass migration between continents and countries, the injurious behaviour of financial institutions all have implications beyond individual and even groups of organisations and institutions.  The Centre will seek to frame its activities and actions in the light of these global, interconnected, system wide problems.

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