Deputy Country Manager and Head of Mindanao Operations, Philippines
Nikki leads the thematic programme in the Philippines on inclusive political economy and leads work on conflict-sensitive economic governance, establishing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue processes, capacity-strengthening and accompaniment of local governments, community leaders and business corporations. She also provides technical support and advice on conflict-sensitive economic governance to Alert’s Myanmar programme.
Nikki has over a decade of professional experience in politico-economic research and programme management working with international and local NGOs and academia. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science through a scholarship grant from the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme. She has published works on the following topics: development history, theory and policy, official development assistance (ODA) in agrarian reform communities, information communication technology in teaching and learning, conflict-sensitive economic governance and the politics of complex emergencies in natural disasters.
Before joining Alert, Nikki led the peacebuilding, information and education services of the NGO Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM) and was Research Associate and Learning Center Coordinator of the University of the Philippines Open University from 1996–2008. From 2001–2009, she served in various capacities as a research fellow working on adult learning, NGOs and ODA and as international intern doing research on the global economy and on peacebuilding.