BSc in Natural Sciences; MSc in Ecology, evolution and conservation; PhD in Agriculture Policy and Development
Since arriving at CABI in 2008, I have been involved in agricultural and environmental development projects, focused primarily on knowledge exchange. This journey has allowed me to work in many regions of the world across four continents, and experience the pros and cons of a variety of rural and urban knowledge exchange systems.
My scientific expertise, traditionally focused on ecological systems, has shifted towards communication for development research, culminating in a PhD on gender-focused knowledge systems in Pakistan. I have since worked on inclusive communication networks in Colombia for the use of biopesticides on Coffee Berry Borer, and policy briefs and communication strategies for remote sensing technologies in Pakistan.
I have also gathered significant project and programme management experience, supporting the development and implementation of CABI’s flagship invasive species programme, Action on Invasives, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation. I am also currently managing a Science and Technology Facilities Council-funded foundation project on the use of remote sensing technologies for identifying parthenium in Pakistan.
During 2020, I moved to the Knowledge Business team, heading project operations for the Knowledge and Data Management team. I look forward to continuing my CABI journey in this interesting and dynamic team!
The global cost of invasive species is estimated at US$1.4 trillion per year – close to 5% of global gross domestic product. Invasives disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in poor rural areas, especially in developing countries which depend on natural resources, healthy ecosystems, trade and tourism for their livelihoods.