Management Team2019-09-16T13:52:33-05:00



Director, Post-Disaster Recovery Programs

Omer (B.A Business administration from the University of Toronto; M.A and Ph.D. Community and Social Planning and Educational Studies from the University of British Colombia) is an applied researcher specializing in disaster recovery, community development and qualitative research design. He 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 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 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.

Dr Aijazi is a research fellow at the University of Toronto and teaches courses on Adult Learning and Social Change in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. He also co-chairs several working groups on specialized topics of mountain ecosystems, environment, memory and conflict in various academic and policy platforms.

Email: omer.a


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.

Email: [email protected]


Director, Post-War Recovery Programs

Bahlbi is a researcher and international development practitioner specializing in migration, community development, capacity building, governance, and post-conflict recovery. 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. After he earned his undergraduate and graduate studies (B.A, M.A) in Sociology, Social Anthropology, and International Development studies from University of Asmara and Dalhousie University, he has pursued PhD in Postwar Recovery Studies at the University of York.

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

Email: [email protected]

Khujista Rahman

Communication and Partnership Assistant

Khujista is a recent Master’s graduate in Human Rights and Democratization from Mahidol University in Bangkok. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in Ottawa in Human Rights and Social Justice. She has previously occupied support roles within the United Nations System in Bangkok, volunteered with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ottawa, Amnesty International, as well as the Harmony movement in Toronto. She is passionate about social justice and human development, with particular interest in advocating for migrant rights.  She is utilizing her academic training and work experience to contribute to CPRD’s Communication and Partnership team. She is pursuing an internship with CPRD to enhance her theoretical and practical knowledge of business development, partnership management and international development challenges and opportunities. Khujista speaks four languages, namely English, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

Yuxuan (Jill) Jiang

Project Assistant

Trained to be a development researcher and practitioner, Yuxuan has experience conducting research in four major fields: economic development, sustainability, conflict, and human rights. Yuxuan holds a Master’s and an Honours Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa, specializing in international development and globalization. Prior to joining CPRD, she worked for UNDP China and the University of Ottawa acquiring a wide range of skills including project monitoring, policy evaluation, data analysis, translation, and administration. Yuxuan speaks Mandarin and English. She is pursuing internship with CPRD’s project management team to further expand her knowledge of human rights, development discourse and political complexity of post-conflict issues in Asia and Africa.