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Eileen Alma

Associate Director, International Centre for Women's Leadership

Eileen Alma joined the Coady Institute in March 2013 as the Director of the International Centre for Women’s Leadership. She brings with her 20 years of interdisciplinary experience in development research and practice.  Eileen’s focus is on women’s empowerment – political, economic, social and legal – which is considered key to addressing poverty and inequalities both locally and globally. She does so by developing and directing specific programs which prioritize education of women and men to become aware of gendered power dynamics and to be sensitive, effective leaders in their communities as well as more broadly contributing to Coady’s wide range of educational programs and community development research.

Eileen’s work has covered several fields, including: women’s rights and citizenship; gender justice; peacebuilding, conflict analysis and post-conflict reconstruction; migration and diaspora engagement; decentralization, local power and access to services; governance and state-building; and land access and rights. She has worked extensively with individuals, organizations and networks in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Coady Institute, Eileen worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) where she was a Program Officer in the Social and Economic Policy Program Area for several years, focusing on women’s rights and citizenship, as well as peace, conflict and development. 

Eileen holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management (ethno-political) from Royal Roads University, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University and has undertaken graduate studies on refugees and migration issues at York University.

Selected Publications:

Budlender, D. & E. Alma (2011).  Women and Land:  Securing Rights for Better Lives.  Ottawa:  Sage Publications and ID