Prior to my doctoral studies, I spent several years working with the United Nations and the World Bank while traveling extensively in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. At UNDP, I worked on poverty reduction policies, mainly focusing on the Millennium Development Goals and their implementation at the local level. At the World Bank, I worked in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) investigating issues pertaining to gender and economic policy. At the UN, I was a policy advisor to Assistant Secretary General/UN Coordinator on avian and pandemic influenza and frequently traveled and offered training to UN country offices in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. I have also worked at UNDP in Kathmandu, Banque Internationale Arabe du Tunisie in Tunis, Amnesty International in Cape Town, and Human Rights Watch in New York.
I hold a PhD, MPhil and MA in Political Science from Columbia University, an MA in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from the American University of Paris.