Explain what you do in 7 words
Lead investment and technical assistance period for investees.
Where you’re from and where you are now?
I’m a Floridian but now spend my time between the US, Europe and Middle East.
What you were doing before joining UNICEF?
Before joining UNICEF, I was Managing Director of the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, a mission-driven incubator for social ventures aimed at bettering livelihoods in Baltimore and beyond. Before this, most of my career was spent between Washington D.C. and the Middle East working with philanthropic funds, NGOs, public sector, and private sector on initiatives related to youth engagement, enterprise development, and driving tech innovation. These organizations include Expo 2020 Dubai, Rainmaking Innovation, Womena, SMEX, Qatar Foundation International, and American Councils for International Education.
What has been your biggest success in your role at UNICEF?
I would consider a lot of success from my first year to be internal. From day one, I had to get up to speed fast on a lot of things at UNICEF not only to ensure the success of the investment cohorts for which I am responsible but also in supporting during staff transitions. Being able to learn quickly and have a fuller picture of Fund goals, desired impact, and the processes that help our team function has helped me strengthen and realign the Portfolio Management program.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a forensic scientist to solve crimes, but then I realized how much work went into the sciences to make this a reality. I preferred the arts and humanities in college. I still get my fix as a true crime podcast fan though.
What is your hidden skill / talent?
I am an expert at finding cheap travel deals and then taking advantage of them.