2020 Leadership Journey Project: Every Ending is a New Beginning: Transferring Ownership of the 3D Program for Girls and Women to Local Partners in India
Sia is the Senior Director, Global Community at Girl Up of the United Nations Foundation, a global leadership development organization transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change. At Girl Up, Sia leads the program team and strengthens the program’s links to global advocacy on gender equality. Prior to joining Girl Up, Sia served as the Executive Director, and Program Director, of the 3D Program for Girls and Women, where she led strategic direction, managed programs and partnerships, and oversaw the transfer of ownership of the program to partners in India.
Sia has over 25 years of experience working in international development, with organizations such as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Center for Research on Women, the Population Council, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and the International Women’s Health Coalition. Her work has involved public policy, advocacy, training and capacity building, institutional strengthening, and strategic communications, with a focus on gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment, reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice, violence against girls and women, HIV/AIDS, and education.
Earlier, Sia served as a Senior Gender Consultant with UNICEF, where she contributed to the implementation of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and the design of its gender capacity development program. Previously, she served as Senior Technical Writer and Editor with agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, including the University of Central Asia and the Global Centre for Pluralism. Sia serves as the co-chair of the Learning Working Group of the Movement for Community-Led Development and is a 2020-21 Fellow with WomenLift Health, a women’s leadership program. A dual citizen of Kenya and the US, Sia has a Master of Social Services (Clinical) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honors) from Bryn Mawr College.