UNICEF India’s Child Protection/Adolescent Specialist
Ms. Dhuwarakha Sriram, an international development expert, brings with her nearly 17 years of strategic planning and programming experience with UNICEF and UNHCR in the areas of adolescent/youth empowerment, skills/employment, gender and child protection.
As the Child Protection/Adolescent Specialist in UNICEF India Country office, she currently plans and coordinates the implementation of one of the largest adolescent empowerment and ending child marriage programmes of UNICEF. She has previously worked in the Regional Office of West and Central Africa and Sierra Leone, where she managed the programme on child protection and adolescents including the support to the Ebola response.
Prior to this, she worked in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka with UNICEF and UNHCR, and she was involved in design and roll out of child protection and education programmes in complex emergency settings including the Tsunami response in 2004 – 05.
She has also worked as a Research Fellow with University of Melbourne in 2007 and she has contributed to research articles and studies in the area of adolescent empowerment and child protection.
Ms. Sriram is a national of Sri Lanka. She hold Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Law specializing in Child Rights Law from University of London and Bachelors in Business Administration from Curtin University of Technology, Australia.