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Naima Imam Chowdhury

Senior Gender Equality Policy Advisor / Multilateral Thematic Policy and Partnership Team – MGS
Global Affairs Canada

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Naima Imam Chowdhury is the Senior Gender Equality Policy Advisor, MGS- Multilateral Thematic Policy team, Global Affairs Canada is an expert in Feminist Approach and Leadership, Gender Equality and Inclusion, having many years of solid experience in Asia, Africa, and North America; including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Congo. Her most recent development work includes climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management, humanitarian policy and programming food security, health, adult education, inclusive economy, women, peace, and security. Naima’s works included gender equality, diversity, and inclusion advice for climate change, biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and environmental policy and program recommendations to Global Affairs Canada’s multilateral partners, including the UN agencies. She recently provided intensive support to Global Affairs Canada’s Middle-East programs on gender equality and inclusion.
Naima was the Lead for the Global Change Leaders program at the COADY International Institute (St. Francis Xavier University). She developed and facilitated Gender Justice and Feminist Leadership Education Programs. Naima worked in senior positions at Action Against Hunger, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, ActionAid, CARE International, DANIDA, and SwissContact.
She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Feminist Leadership in Climate Change at St FX University, has her Master’s Degree in Geography and Environment at Jahangirnagar University, and an executive program in International Policy and Practices at McGill University.
Her research and publications include ‘Feminist Economics in Practice: Inclusive Gender Budgeting Tools and Techniques’, a research-based docudrama ‘Women. Water and Life’, which shows women’s and girls’ vulnerabilities and resilience in climate change contexts, and training modules on feminist approach in leadership, elimination of SGBV, economic inclusion, building community resilience, etc.