Globaldev careers: The fundraiser

Lena Alfi, chief development officer at Malala Fund. Photo by: Malala Fund

As chief development officer with Malala Fund, Lena Alfi oversees a team of five people that works to cultivate and manage relationships with corporate and foundation partners, as well as individual donors. The organization doesn’t accept government funding but works with a wide range of donors, such as Apple and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to support education activists on the ground in eight countries where girls face the greatest barriers to education.

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Alfi, who holds a master’s in global human development, started in the sector working on women’s empowerment initiatives and developing partnerships to support education for Syrian refugees. Her first role at Malala Fund was as a corporate and foundation relationships officer, but she gradually took on more responsibility within the organization.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.