MANAGEMENT TEAM

OMER AIJAZI

Director, Post-Disaster Recovery Programs

Omer Aijazi is an applied researcher specializing in disaster recovery, community development and qualitative research design. Omer has worked with marginalized and highly vulnerable communities in South Asia and East Africa including internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and survivors of natural disasters, war and conflict.  He has successfully led research studies, assessments and evaluations in the areas of disaster recovery, gender and disasters, social repair, disaster resilience and sexual violence after conflict in partnership with various humanitarian and development agencies such as Save the Children, United Nations Human Settlements Program, United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. He has published widely on topics of disaster recovery, social repair and humanitarianism.

Omer earned his Masters and Bachelor degrees, specializing in Disaster Recovery Planning, Community Development and Strategic Management from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto respectively. He is a research scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and teaches courses on Adult Learning and Social Change in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Omer also co-chairs several working groups on specialized topics of mountain ecosystems, environment, memory and conflict in various academic and policy platforms.

YULIYA PRODANIUK

Director, Communication and Outreach Programs

As an international development professional, Yuliya has been working on projects in Ukraine, South Eastern European, Central Asia and Africa region since 2002 in the area of capacity building, technical co-operation and communications. She has been relied on to plan, coordinate, publicize and execute international and national projects, assignments which were carried out on behalf of International organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank Group and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the Canadian government, as well as public policy and academic institutions.

Yuliya possesses a post-graduate Diploma in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and French from York University. She is fluent in English, French, German, Ukrainian and Russian. Currently, Yuliya serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals (CAIDP), where she serves on Membership, Communications and Marketing Committee and is responsible for growing the youth membership of the Association. Yuliya spearheaded a consulting consortium working group, which was designed to bring the talents of new international development graduates and junior consultants with senior consultants who were members of CAIDP, which laid foundation of CPRD.

BAHLBI Y. MALK

Director, Post-War Recovery Programs

Bahlbi is a researcher and international development practitioner specializes in migration, human trafficking/smuggling, governance, post-conflict recovery and reconciliation, human security, capacity building, emergency response and community development. In the last 16 years, he has worked within and between the worlds of research, policy design and evaluation on issues related to humanitarian, political, logistical and methodological challenges confronting post-war governance and peacebuilding processes in Africa. Prior to joining CPRD, Bahlbi has worked with a broad spectrum of policy, development and humanitarian organizations in the Global North and South, including UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF and Red Cross in the areas of forced migration, emergency response, advocacy and project management. Bahlbi studied his undergraduate and graduate studies (B.A, M.A, PhD) in Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Development and Postwar Recovery Studies at the University of Asmara, Dalhousie University and the University of York.

He is a former member of the OCIC’s Board of Editors (Ontario Council of International Cooperation) and a current Executive Member of the International Council of African Study Group (ASG).

KAMALA RAJASEKARAN

Assistant Project Coordinator(Intern)

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Kamala believes in enabling change and positively impacting the lives of those disenfranchised by war, conflict and natural disasters. She has previously worked for Plan International Canada, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto Youth Council and Sri Sathya Sai International Organization in different capacities. Through her professional and volunteer experiences and academic training, she has acquired an excellent understanding of data analysis, results based management, project design and planning, financial management, operations management, monitoring and evaluation and other applied project management and capacity building skills.

Kamala received a Bachelor’s degree from York University in Health Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Development Studies from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Kamala is passionate about international development and is committed to fulfilling her responsibilities as an engaged, global citizen. She is pursuing an internship with CPRD to enhance her theoretical and applied knowledge of international development and humanitarian consulting by substantively engaging with project bidding, project and operational management. This is in line with CPRD’s strategic priority of innovating through intergenerational partnerships and training the next generation of humanitarian and international development practitioners.