The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), welcomes Gulnora Mukhamadieva as their new Global Advisor, Civil Society and Gender.

AKF is the implementing agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), an internationally regarded group of private development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to the faith, origin or gender of the people they serve. The Network employs over 80,000 people across 30 countries, with an annual budget for development activities of circa US$ 950 million.

AKF was looking for a Global Advisor to lead on the Civil Society and Gender thematic areas on their global programme portfolio, with particular focus on their flagship initiatives in Asia, including in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan, and Syria – all tricky landscapes filled with their unique socio-cultural, political, and linguistical challenges.

Society conducted a global search, with an emphasis on development professionals with a strong track record in gender mainstreaming and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes across all levels of civil society work, significant field experience in Asia and multiple language proficiencies. The field was extremely competitive, with candidates ranging from NGO chief executives to a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  

Gulnora presented with an impressive combination of technical, strategic management, and operational skills, blended with a warm intercultural sensitivity honed from over 12 years of championing governance reforms and support to civil society in the field in Central Asia. She joins from Policy and Management Consulting Group, Georgia, where she was Senior Expert on Strategic Planning. Her earlier career included consulting for the likes of the UN, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank, and leading the UK’s Department for International Development programmes on governance and social development in Central Asia.

Gulnora commented, “I am delighted to join the Global Programme Team at the Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva. The role is a perfect fit for me, as it covers all the themes that I am passionate about - governance, civil society and gender equality. Throughout my professional career in Central Asia, I have been impressed by the projects and initiatives implemented by the AKDN/AKF agencies, especially in the remote and mountainous areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is therefore an honour to be able to contribute to this work. I am deeply grateful to Jacqueline Lau from Society for her guidance and professional support during the recruitment process, which left me feeling empowered and convinced that I am making the best possible step in my career in accepting this new challenge.”