Antigonish, NS – Gord Cunningham, interim director of the Coady Institute at StFX University, has announced that Dr. Linda Jones, senior advisor with the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, has been appointed manager of the new International Centre for Women’s Leadership.
“Linda is a leading proponent of women’s economic empowerment, and has designed and managed learning programs throughout Asia and Africa,” says Cunningham. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Linda joining our team. She is an accomplished leader who has personally witnessed the potential of women leaders to create significant, positive change.”
Prior to joining the Aga Khan Foundation, Jones was technical director at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Canada, where she led women’s economic programs as well as providing overall technical guidance for international operations. Building on her academic background and international development experience, she has extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer with the International Labour Organization and Southern New Hampshire University. She served as chair of the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) network, a global organization that connects microfinance practitioners and institutions in 180 countries, and was a founder and first chair of Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) Canada.
Cunningham says Jones will lead the start-up and development of the centre, which received $1 million in funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
“This centre will provide high-level and practical educational programs to equip women leaders around the world. Linda’s extensive international experience and networks will help us develop key partnerships in Canada and abroad.”
Jones has published extensively in the field of economic development, with numerous journal papers on women’s leadership and contribution to economic development, as well as two books on value chain development published in 2010-11. She is currently the editor of the Journal of Enterprise Development and Microfinance.
Jones holds a Ph.D in anthropology from McMaster University and a post-degree diploma in peace and conflict studies. She will begin her duties in Antigonish this summer.
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