I recently completed an Master of Arts degree in Poverty and Development (Distinction) from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Over the terms, I’ve explored topics ranging from gender and power to climate change and conflict. In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Distinction) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In between studies, I’ve worn many hats.
I’ve worked for companies doing engineer design and infrastructure construction. I became a Professional Engineer. I shifted gears a bit and worked on the social impacts of renewable energy projects in Kenya and Pakistan. While in Edmonton, I volunteered with a number of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Project Adult Learning Society (PALS), and the city’s Food Bank. With Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), I was a professional fellow in Ghana and then a chapter president back in Canada. I was on the board of directors for the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation. For an education project, I collaborated with two organizations: Ceiba Association in Canada and FUNARTE in Nicaragua. And before starting my graduate study, I spent time with the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO) in Uganda.
Next, I’ll be starting a placement with Doctors Without Borders Canada/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as a Technical Logistician in Ethiopia. MSF provides emergency medical care to people in need. Supporting the medical team, I will manage the coordination of supplies and operation of health facilities.
Apart from the serious stuff, I enjoy reading, playing board games, and going on hikes. I am a fan of simple exercise, so I run and do yoga. All my possessions now fit into a few pieces of luggage, so I’m ready for my next adventure.