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Representative for South Asia, East Asia, Oceania and the Pacific

Sonal is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in strategic planning, capacity building and evaluation. She has experience with gender related evaluation, at local, national, regional and global levels. From 1982 to 1993, she was the Research Director of the Center for Research and Development in Mumbai and Program Consultant for a national level NGO, the Community Aid and Sponsorship program from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, she was tasked as Technical Coordinator, Project Support Unit, Gujerat State (population 64 million) to begin the first HIV/AIDS targeted intervention program in the state, where she worked with NGOs, state and national AIDS control departments and (then) DFID to initiate HIV prevention programs and develop a comprehensive gender friendly MIS system. From 1997 till the present, she has worked with government, multi-laterals, bi-laterals, foundations, NGOs and INGOs in more than 25 countries in Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

First Term of Office expires: 31 March 2025

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