Helen has 25 years of experience in the international development sector, and has worked in knowledge management both at the corporate, strategic level and in the field with rural development projects. She led the development of IFAD’s corporate KM Framework and an Action Plan for its implementation, and is currently working on a methodology for monitoring KM performance in IFAD. Her major area of interest is the relationship between KM and organizational development.
From 2008 to 2012, Helen worked in IFAD’s East and Southern Africa Division, where she established and implemented a successful regional knowledge management programme, focused on learning for improved project performance. A major outcome of this work was a model for an integrated knowledge management system, developed in collaboration with staff of IFAD-supported projects.
Helen also has long experience as a communications and publishing specialist, including at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN from 1992 to 2002. She moved to IFAD in 2003 to establish the Editorial Unit in the Communications Division. Prior to moving to Italy, Helen worked for 14 years as a journalist and manager of weekly newspapers, raising several to award winning status.
Helen has an MA in International Development. She is a long-time member of the KM4dev community of practice, a member of the KM4dev core group and has recently joined the editorial board of the Knowledge Management for Development journal.
Specialities: Knowledge management (KM) strategy development and implementation, international development with a rural development focus, KM practice in development projects, communications, writing, editing and publishing.
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