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Saima Anwer

Saima Anwer

Former Deputy Country Representative, Bangladesh


Expertise: Pakistan, Bangladesh, education, gender, human rights, local governance, disaster preparedness, civil society, research and policy analysis, advocacy, strategic communications

Saima Anwer left the Foundation in 2014.

Saima Anwer joined The Asia Foundation Bangladesh office as the deputy country representative in May, 2011. Before joining The Asia Foundation office in Bangladesh, Ms. Anwer was working with Save the Children UK in Bangladesh as deputy country director where she provided leadership and management for a multi-sectoral program including education, protection, livelihoods and food security, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, and emergency response. In particular, she has extensive experience in providing technical advisory input to education programs and supervising research and policy analysis. She has also made significant contributions in the areas of fundraising and strategic communications.

In 2008, Ms. Anwer worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan as program advisor for a $90 million USAID funded education sector reform program, focused on improvements in student learning and learning environments, teacher professional development and public sector capacity building. From 2004 to 2007, she worked for Save the Children UK in Pakistan as technical director for education, where she developed and managed several large education programs. Ms. Anwer started her career in the development sector in 2004 with The Asia Foundation in Pakistan as education specialist for a large education sector reform program, focusing on education policy and planning and public-private partnerships. Prior to this she worked as a faculty member at a teacher training institute and a teacher and administrator at various private and public schools.

Education: Masters degree in International & Transcultural Studies with a concentration in International Educational Development from Columbia University (U.S.A), and a Masters in English Literature from University of the Punjab (Pakistan).

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