DORCAS ROBINSON, Co-Director
Dorcas Robinson supports the CoP Secretariat at 60% of her time. Working previously as Climate Change Resources and Partnerships Coordinator in CARE International’s Climate Secretariat, she was responsible for cultivating resources and partnerships to enable CARE to innovate, influence, and scale climate-resilient policies and practices across a 60+ country poverty-fighting and social justice portfolio. Dorcas led CARE’s partnership with the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program of the CGIAR network, was CARE’s second chair on the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA), and managed projects including a gender assessment of IFAD’s Adaptation of Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP).
Dorcas has a background leading NGO programming, research and advocacy in the fields of food and nutrition security, social protection, maternal and reproductive health, climate change adaptation and resilience.
Dorcas holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Open University, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. She has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Economics with the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.
GEORGINA JORDAN, Co-Director
Georgina Jordan supports the CoP Secretariat at 40% of her time. Georgina also currently works as the Regional Economic Development Learning Hub Leader for World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe, focusing on resilience and livelihoods in the transition and fragile states.
Georgina has a background working with CBOs, NGOs, and INGOs on resilience, disaster risk reduction, and livelihoods across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As World Vision International’s Livelihood Program Quality Director, Georgina provided leadership over the quality and impact of the organization’s livelihood and resilience progam portfolio in 70 countries. Previous to that, she managed the quality assurance and knowledge management function of the Somalia Resilience Program consortium.
Georgina holds a PhD from Durham University, where she focused on resilient livelihoods in fragile contexts, and an MSc in International Agricultural Economics focusing on the impact of EU transition on the agricultural economies of the ascension countries.
NATASHA KASSAMI, Knowledge, Learning and Capacity-Building Co-ordinator
Natasha Kassami supports the CoP Secretariat at 50% of her time. As the Engagement Officer for the Makerere School of Public Health, Resilient African Network (RAN), Natasha works closely with RAN’s resilience innovators, organizing events, conferences, and workshop programs that promote ingenuity and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and stimulate young people and communities to be at the forefront of addressing the resilience challenges facing the continent.
Natasha holds an MPH in Global Health from Imperial College, London, and a BSc in Biomedical Science from Kings College, London.
GRACE SHEED, Program Associate
Grace Sheed supports the the CoP Secretariat full-time. A recent graduate of Bard College, with a BA in Art History, she has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. She completed her undergraduate thesis on American settlement houses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring their role in providing space to introduce progressive art education. As a member of “Bard Builds”, Grace led an architecture film series and speaker events, drawing leading architectural researchers and practitioners to the campus. She also has experience developing technical resources, databases, and information management systems as a volunteer with nonprofit and public health organizations.
The CoP Secretariat is led by two co-directors, Dorcas Robinson and Georgina Jordan, supported by a program associate, Grace Sheed, and a knowledge, learning and capacity-building co-ordinator, Natasha Kassami.