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Expert Profile

Sheilagh Henry

Sheilagh Henry

Former Deputy Country Representative, Afghanistan


Expertise: Humanitarian assistance, organizational development, and project management.

Sheilagh Henry left The Asia Foundation in April 2012. Ms. Henry was Deputy Country Representative, Afghanistan and has over 15 years of experience in the areas of humanitarian assistance, organizational development, and project management.

Most recently, Ms. Henry held the position of Field Coordinator for the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Kabul. Based in Afghanistan since 2007, first as the Department of Peacekeeping's head of Humanitarian Coordination for the Northern Region, and then with UNOCHA, Ms. Henry oversaw the final production of the 2009 Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan, the 2008 Central Emergency Response Fund proposal and implementation, and the creation of a disaster vulnerability database in collaboration with the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.

In 2006, Ms. Henry worked with UNOCHA in Sudan where she was responsible for facilitation of UN, INGO, and donor consensus on priority areas of humanitarian reform and initiation of an inter-agency action and contingency plan. From 2003 to 2005, she worked with GOAL - a humanitarian non-profit based in Ireland - in Angola and Indonesia. In Angola she designed and supervised gender, HIV/AIDS, and human rights programs. In Indonesia, she led GOAL's initial assessment of the tsunami in Aceh, established an operational office and base camps, and initiated programs in water sanitation, health and hygiene, waste management, education, and camp management. She has completed work in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Waterloo and a Master's degree in International Planning and Development from the University of Guelph.

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