Summary: Global experience in research, strategic engagement, and project management on social development issues including women’s health, gender inequality, sustainable development and culture. Strong track record of success in building and managing partnerships with international development agencies, private sector, civil society, foreign embassies and US government.  Field and desk research conducted on women’s leadership, gender-based violence, migrant women, environmental policy and gender, and identity in India, Mongolia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and East Africa.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                            


Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (2013-Present)

Chief Operating Officer

  • Support the management and coordination of WLP projects and initiatives

The George Washington University (2011-2013)

Associate Director, Global Gender Program (GGP) and Research Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs

  • Co-Investigator, “Women and Water in South and Central Asia: Building International Social Capital for Sustainable Peace and Development,” funded by U.S. State Department (January 2013-December 2015)
  • Project Director, “Women and Healthy Sustainable Societies in East Africa,” funded by Conservation International (July-August 2013)
  • Completed an impact evaluation of psycho-social program for Burmese migrant women (December 2012)
  • Develop proposals for GGP’s research and policy engagement activities
  • Organize and moderate research conferences, forums, and seminars on global women’s issues
  • Contribute to the overall management of GGP, and guest lecture in classes


The Bindi Project (2011-Present), Co-founder and Vice President (volunteer)

Develop and implement programs with boys and men in India to reduce discrimination and violence against girls and women


United Nations Development Programme (2011-2012), Consultant

Conducted literature review, interviews, analysis and authored the report: “Finding a Voice: Pathways Women Take to Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region”


Asia Society, Washington, DC (2000-2011)

Associate Director and Head of Women’s Initiatives; Acting Executive Director (2007-2011)

Assistant Director (2005-2007)

Program Associate/Program Assistant (2000-2005)

  • Designed, implemented, moderated, raised funds and built partnerships for a 12-month series of 21 symposia on women’s empowerment and human rights, attended by over 1,000 people
  • Part of leadership team responsible for shaping the institution’s Washington agenda
    • Designed agenda, outreach and communications strategies, participation and managed budget for over 500 high-profile public symposia
    • Managed partnerships with corporate executives, US Congress and Department of State, NGOs, Smithsonian and academic institutions, including donor stewardship
    • Managed strategic communications, branding, and designed print and online marketing materials
  • Recruited and managed a cross-functional team of up to 10 people that produced up to 140 public programs per year for up to 10,000 individual and corporate members, experts, media, and policy makers
    • Designed and coordinated eight Annual Awards Dinners in Washington for 400 guests
    • Managed and coordinated a major public address by former President George W. Bush
    • Created, produced Spices & Rices Celebration of Asian Arts & Culture galas and series of 12 events
    • Lectured on Malaysian art and cultural identity at the World Bank and Embassy of Malaysia

Ohio University, Office of Education Abroad, Athens, OH, Interim Assistant Director (1999-2000)         

  • Administered three study abroad and three exchange programs


  • Women and Water in the Face of Global Change: Best Practices and Leadership (moderator), Philadelphia Global Water Initiative’s 6th Annual Conference Gender & Water: Leading Beyond the Burden, April 9th, 2013
  • Finding a Voice: Pathways Women Take to Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region (author and presenter), United Nations Development Programme Regional Conference on Political Equality, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 2, 2012; 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender, Barcelona, Spain, March 21, 2013
  • Getting More Women into Political Office: What Works? (moderator and organizer), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, February 28, 2013
  • Migrant Women Workers in Southeast Asia: Challenges, Programs, and Best Practices (moderator and organizer), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, October 25, 2012



Malaysia-America Society, Washington, DC, Member and Officer, Board of Directors (2004-2012)

Empowered Women International, Mentor, Alexandria, VA (2011)

Friends of Prajwala USA (anti-trafficking), Founding Member, Washington DC (2011-present)

LANGUAGE AND OTHER SKILLS                        

  • Indonesian/Malay: functional conversation ability; Four months study of language and gamelan in Malang and Bali, Indonesia. French: beginner.
  • Desktop Publishing/Graphics: Adobe Creative Suite; Attended USDA Graduate School courses on Computer Graphics Applications (2007) and Understanding the Basics of Graphic Design (2003)
  • Raiser’s Edge database, Microsoft Office, Windows and Apple operating systems
  • Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


Master of Arts in International Affairs, focus on Southeast Asia and Women in Development

Master’s thesis: Malaysian Visions: Exploring Identity, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Case of Three Contemporary Painters, Ohio University, Athens, OH (2003)

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, focus on Southeast Asia; Minor: Theater Arts (Stage Management), Ohio University, Athens, OH (1996)


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