Is a senior Development and Humanitarian expert with over 20 years’ work experience with the UN and International NGOs. She has managed multi-sector programmes at national and international levels in Africa and Asia in areas covering among others, access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education; food security; environmental management; health systems strengthening; public private partnerships and resilience. She is currently the Regional Director for Oxfam International Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region and the Southern Africa (SAF) Cluster where she provides strategic leadership on influencing, advocacy and programme quality. Before joining Oxfam, Parvin worked with development and humanitarian INGOs including CARE, Welthungerhilfe, and World Vision; and UNHCR.
Parvin is a Pan Africanist and is passionate about working with communities to develop local innovative solutions that contribute to transformative resilience. She holds a special interest in climate change and her Master’s thesis focused on the impact of climate change on communities in Bangladesh. She enjoys and pursues social justice causes outside of work and is a member of Rotary International.
She is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds a M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University in the UK. She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from Moi University in Kenya.