Feb 14, 2019 6:30 PM
Raseema Alam
Finding the gaps in polio eradication

Raseema Alam (M.A. and Rotary World Peace Fellow) is a former Canadian diplomat with over 10 years working in the development sector.  Her last assignment with the Government of Canada was as the First Secretary for Development with the Canadian International Development Agency in Afghanistan.  She was responsible for the largest portfolio in the health and humanitarian assistance sectors.  In 2012, she left the government to become a consultant working in program development and government relations working with key clients such as the World Bank and  large US Foundations.  

Ms. Alam has lived in 5 developing countries and has assisted the Government of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Timor-Leste to develop their development programs. Her projects have included developing a mobile health strategy for Afghanistan, implementing a community development program and developing a strategy for a peer learning network of central bankers.  With more than 15 years of experience in developing countries, she is a specialist in providing development assistance in conflict states.

In Ottawa, her assignments have included work on developing Canada’s corporate social responsibility policy, Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force, Evaluation and Audit, Canada’s engagement with the World Bank and the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force.   

Some of Ms. Alam’s achievements include: the Operational Service Award from the Governor General’s and Minister’s award for her contribution to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan.  She was recently awarded the Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award.