What do you do?
I help policy makers in developing countries to put in place policies and investments that build resilience of their economies and populations to disasters and prevent crises
Why did you choose this field?
I’ve loved science for as long as I can remember. My Dad is an engineer and we spent weekends building radios, and talking about the stars! I also always loved nature and spent my childhood riding bikes and hiking in the mountains. When I got older, these two things came together naturally in an interest in weather and climate change, then when I started working and learning from many wonderful role models, like Nick Stern, I was inspired to learn more about how societies interact with risk and more of the political economy and links to economic development and the inequalities. This led me to working in development and eventually to UK DFID and then the World Bank.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Using science to help people from countries as varied as Afghanistan, Kenya, St Lucia and the Philippines, put in place early warning systems to reduce lives lost and economic impacts of disasters
Why do you love working in STEM?
The wonderful people I work with, particularly the young scientists from all over the world with such passion and creativity to turn science into technologies, plans and policies that can help people.
Best advice for next generation?
Always know who you are and trust in the enormous potential inside you. Keep pushing.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model