Nellie’s early career in refugee banking began three years ago as Equity Bank’s liaison on Refugee Banking and Advocacy in East Africa. As the champion for the financial inclusion and self-reliance for Forcibly Displaced Persons (refugees, IDPs, and asylum seekers) in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan, she has gained invaluable knowledge on the livelihoods and needs of FDPs through conducting field visits in Kakuma and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement; reviewing publications; writing policy papers; developing technical proposals (RFPs) ; design and delivery of capacity development and payment solutions for UNHCR, WFP, FCDO, IFC, RefuSHE, Windle International Kenya amongst other humanitarian agencies; and providing monthly reports to stakeholders.
Having studied Economics and International Development at McGill University for her undergraduate program, she attests to the vibrancy and exposure that a Canadian education will bring to her professional and personal life. She anticipates to grow her scholarship on the protracted refugee crises as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar and hopes to actively participate in designing East Africa’s first comprehensive policy resolution toolkit to better manage migration and support socio-economic integration of refugees in host communities.
The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Program guarantees an opportunity to grasp core disciplines in public management, development economics, Policy Research Methods amongst others, and secure a firm understanding of theoretical models underpinning social protection programmes and capacity to cushion adverse effects of chronic poverty and protracted refugee crises.
Outside of school and work, Nellie enjoys the arts and looks forward to exploring Vancouver’s wide array of artistic and outdoor activities.