Ameena Ilahi left the Foundation in September 2017.
Ameena Ilahi was formerly the The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan. She brought a wide range of development experience with particular interest in results-based monitoring and evaluation, program design and development, grants management, and communications.
Previously in Pakistan, she worked primarily with international humanitarian organizations; she served as the monitoring and reporting specialist with Experience International on a large-scale agriculture project funded by the U.S Department of Agriculture. With the International Relief and Development, she was the monitoring and evaluation reporting manager where she led the development of the M&E framework, donor compliance and reporting, and capacity building of partner organizations. As the senior grants manager with Relief International, she managed a range of emergency response grants during the country’s internal displacement crisis and flood disaster. As the grants and communication manager with the International Rescue Committee she was responsible for the entire grants administration cycle and the point person for all communications and outreach. In her current role, Ameena Ilahi oversees the Foundation’s operations, including human resources, administration, procurement, security, IT and communications. In addition, she provides leadership to the Pakistan office’s human rights program portfolio, and provides significant contribution to program development.
Prior to arriving in Pakistan, Ilahi worked as program coordinator with the Foundation for International Training where she undertook review missions to the Baltic States, developed proposals for CIDA in the areas of governance and human rights, and worked with partners in Egypt and Romania on developing effective communication strategies. She later served as the Research Grants facilitator at Brock University, assisting teaching staff in identification and development of research proposals and forging new partnerships with funders.
Ameena Ilahi brings direct country experience in Pakistan, Egypt, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Norway, and has worked in varied development sectors, including child rights, gender and development, emergency response, post-conflict development, good governance/democratization, water, sanitation & hygiene, agriculture, institutional strengthening and capacity building.
Education: Ameena Ilahi holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton University in Canada and an master’s degree in Agricultural Development from the University of London, UK.