Rabab Iqbal

Rabab Iqbal

Rabab Iqbal juggles a demanding degree at The George Washington University with a part-time job as an incident analyst for PlanetRisk. She spoke to Lucie Goulet about the challenges of being a Muslim woman of color in a male-dominated environment, working in Little Rock during the 2016 presidential campaign and her plan to pursue a career combining international development and security. Rabab is based in Washington DC.

Read More

Laura Kyrke-Smith

Laura Kyrke-Smith

DIRECTOR ON THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM | PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

You’re currently working for Portland as a Director on the international team. What does it entail?

I look after our international clients – a mix of development foundations, overseas governments and corporate clients – advising on communications strategy and campaigns, and helping to build their own communications capabilities. I also do lots of management of the team, and I work on growing the business through identifying and targeting new potential clients.

Read More

Helen Mason

Helen Mason

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST | SAFE PORTS

What do you do as Business development specialist for Safe Ports?

I work as part of a small business development team working on a variety of both federal and commercial proposals. I direct research into the legacy of existing programmes and gather intelligence on incumbents and competitors. I also produce political and commercial risk assessments to enable us to establish new markets in areas such as Latin America.

Read More

Prema Gurunathan

Prema Gurunathan

HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS | ADS

You’re Head of Public Affairs for ADS. What does it entail and how did you get there? 

ADS is a trade association whose members include all the major aerospace and defence companies the public is familiar with. As the Head of Public Affairs, my role is to represent the needs and concerns of these businesses in the political sphere. These needs include investment in research and development, apprentices and working with our international allies. I spent four years working as a Research Assistant to a Labour MP and then moved into Public Affairs as a knowledge of how parliament and the civil service works was seen as desirable.

Read More

Fatma Ahmed

Fatma Ahmed

ASSOCIATE | ALBANY ASSOCIATES

What do you do as Associate at Albany International Associates?

Albany is an Africa-focused and African-driven communications company that provides comprehensive communications campaigns and services, community outreach, media development, and communications training to intergovernmental, and other civilian and military authorities in conflict and post-conflict environments, countries in transition, and emerging democracies – in places such as DRC, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and most prominently Somalia.

Read More

Leah Dembitzer

Leah Dembitzer

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT | AECOM INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT UK

What do you do as Management Consultant for AECOM?

I work in the International Development UK team where my role involves bidding for and managing projects funded by UKAID, including the Department for International Development (DFID). The projects I work on vary considerably. From using innovation to increase access to finance for women to developing sustainable approaches to responding to disasters, our focus is on working with our beneficiaries to better respond to a rapidly changing world.

Read More