SIT alumna and faculty member Sheepa Hafiza was recently appointed to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund’s 10-member Advisory Group by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Hafiza is also the director of the Gender, Justice, Diversity, and Advocacy for Social Change unit of BRAC, a development organization dedicated to empowering the poor. The majority of BRAC’s work is in Bangladesh, but the organization also works worldwide.
Formed in 2006, the United Nations’ PBF Advisory Group advises the Secretary-General on how to allocate funding for peacebuilding through193 projects in 22 countries.
Hafiza obtained her MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT as well as a post-graduate diploma in NGO management from SIT, in collaboration with the Global Partnership in NGO Studies. She also holds an MA in public administration from the University of Dhaka. Hafiza recently co-taught a policy advocacy course in Bangladesh with SIT professor Jeff Unsicker. There were 16 SIT students and 11 Bangladeshi participants from an NGO there.
She co-authored the BRAC technical manual “An Action Learning Approach to Gender and Organizational Change.” She has also conducted numerous seminars, workshops, and lectures related to organizational development. Prior to joining BRAC in 1990, Hafiza worked as a teacher and language facilitator at Westgate Hill Pilot High School in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.
In recent years, the UN is putting more focus on peacebuilding mostly in post-conflict countries. For more information, visit the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s website.