Mandana is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in management, consulting, designing and developing programs for civil society organizations, governments, International NGOs, and the UN, covering a diversity of socio-economic and human rights issues.
Nearly all of her international experience has been in conflict-affected contexts, interfacing with political and civil society leaders, donors and international institutions for developing strategies on the involvement of women in governance and peace-building and on the elimination of violence against women and children. In Iraq, Mandana supported the nascent women's movement to secure a 25% quota for women's representation in the parliament (2004). In the West Bank, she provided technical assistance to Palestinian women's enterprises on a range of issues from market research to business planning (2007). In Afghanistan, as the Head of Mission for Medica Mondiale, an international NGO, with field offices in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, she led on the development of psycho-social counseling and legal aid for Afghan women who have experienced gender-based violence, promoting access to justice for women who came into conflict with the law. In addition, as the UN Women Afghanistan's chief technical specialist, she managed two principal programs of Women, Peace and Security and Women's Economic Rights and Security. As part of the former, she further developed the model of referral center - a one-stop shop for women and girls experiencing family violence.
Prior to joining WfWI in February 2015, Mandana most recently directed the Afghanistan Program at Global Rights, where she engaged young Afghans to support and promote democratic values, the rule of law, and the rights of women.