Resume

Published work:

Jan 2014: Business Fights Poverty: The Impact of Mobile on the Development Sector (co-written)

Jan 2014: All Africa: Abortion in South Africa, a legal yet uncertain reality

Resume: 

Areas of Expertise: social and digital media; strategic counselling; research, writing and content creation; project management; media monitoring, reporting and liaising; and advocacy-based communications

Professional Experience

Consultant: Mar 2013 – Present

  • Oxfam Italia: Developed and designed a visually appealing, data-driven 60-page booklet on the informal trading sector in South Africa.
  • Every1Mobile: New business, strategic development and partnership support for a for-profit pan-African social impact company that targets youth via the mobile phone.  
    • Drafted donor reports and proposals, consistent with protocols and budgetary requirements.
    • Developed 15+ case studies showcasing service offerings, interpreting information into info-graphics and easy-to-read content; revamped website, managed blog and identified speaking opportunities for CEO.
  • Prime: Travelled to UN Habitat HQ in Nairobi, Kenya to conduct interview and produce a short promotional video announcing a UN partnership with Ericsson on ‘sustainable cities’ in Africa.

 Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) & the Forum for African Reporters (FAIR): African Investigative Journalism Grant Recipient: Mar 2013 – July 2013

  • Conducted research, facilitated interviews and wrote investigative story on school-age pregnancy and the illegal abortion industry in South Africa. Collaborated with Marie Stopes and the Women’s Legal Centre.

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo: Teaching and Research Assistant:

Cape Town, SA: Jan 2013 – Jan 2014

  • Produced reports and presentations based on desktop research and data gathering focused on sexual and reproductive health rights and violence against women in times of peace, conflict and post-conflict settings.
  • Supported the UN Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo, to prepare for mission trips and in-country evaluations by analysing the social implications of gender-based legislation and policy change.
  • Conducting research and drafting a chapter on a soon-to-be published book on gender-related killings of women.

Miran Communications: Account Executive: Cape Town, SA: Mar 2012 – June 2013

  • Provided research, visual communications and multimedia content creation and story development support for clients, including UN Women, UNICEF (http://vimeo.com/42929216), SIDA and Madecasse (http://vimeo.com/51762688), a fair-trade Madagascan chocolate company.
  • Research and reportage contributions to the BBC and The Sunday Times to subjects including white poverty in South Africa, illegal child orphanages in Malawi and human rights violations of refugees in wine farms.
  • Media liaising to place op-eds, facilitate press interviews and in-studio segments for clients in high-profile publications and outlets, including Forbes Africa, Africa Business Magazine, CNN’s Inside Africa and CNBC

Creative Consulting & Development Works: Project Coordinator: Cape Town, SA: Jan 2011 – Jan 2012

  • Managed 10+ monthly reports on the expert-based UN AIDS Science Blog ‘HIV This Week’ site through in-depth research, content development and client coordination.
  • Wrote and designed publications to disseminate messages addressing community attitudes, social stigma and local engagement on the topic of Medical Male Circumcision and Voluntary HIV Testing.
  • Created and managed development work plans and budgets for an international internship-based project driven by a diverse team of four. Developed indicators to monitor success in project activities and objectives and used insight to make recommendations for plans moving forward.

Invisible Children: Communications Assistant: Gulu, UG: Feb 2010 – Dec 2010

  • Drafted conflict-resolving media for regional updates, liaised with U.S. offices and managed the logistics of visiting high-profile donors and supporters within a post-conflict environment.
  • Conducted field missions with key partners to interview beneficiaries, conduct research and assess programme development and progress in order to write 10+ articles a week on the Invisible Children site.
  • Facilitated a training programme and cross-cultural workshops for 20+ Ugandan and U.S. teachers participating in exchange programmes.

Weber Shandwick: Assistant Account Executive: Seattle, WA: Sept 2008 – Feb 2010

  • Worked on the digital team and monitored client and industry print, broadcast and on-line media coverage to produce qualitative and quantitative weekly coverage reports with key sentiments and in-depth analysis. ­
  • Built relationships and managed coordination with relevant partners and information sharing across multiple teams and departments, both locally and globally.
  • Collaborated with local, regional and international media outlets to facilitate interviews and press briefings for high-profile events such as Davos, the World Economic Forum and the Consumer Electronic Show. 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Skills: Microsoft Suite, Cisions Media Source, Factiva Media Monitor, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress, Tumblr, Joomla, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter

Awards: Finalist in the 2012 Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship Award; 2008 PRSSA Liz Cawood award

Language:  Fluent in English and Spanish, conversant in French

Travels: North America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa 

VOLUNTEER WORK

  • Scalabrini Refugee Center: Managed and conducted a 6-month English class twice weekly for French and Somali refugees and asylum-seekers, which included curriculum development and life skills training.
  • Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids: Developed materials, provided training and facilitated workshops on support, services and access to social grants for grandmothers caring for HIV orphans.

EDUCATION  

2013: Masters in Philosophy, Social Justice and Human Rights Law, University of Cape Town

Socio-legal Dissertation: Reproductive autonomy and choice: a reality for women in South Africa?

2008: Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Double Major: Journalism and Spanish