Thursday, August 18, 2016

Temina Lalani-Shariff arrives as new head of IRRI Communication

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines–On 2 August, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) welcomed Ms. Temina Lalani-Shariff as the institute’s new head of Communication.

Lalani-Shariff joins IRRI from Calgary, Canada, where she worked as the Change Management Lead for Plains Midstream Canada. As a bilingual communications professional, she brings to IRRI more than 15 years of experience in building global brands and advocacy programs.

Passionate about education and its potential to positively impact communities, Lalani-Shariff has worked with the University of Calgary, Bow Valley College, the Aga Khan University, Crossroads International, imagineCalgary, and other civil society organizations. She has created evidence-based policy advocacy programs that generate support for research innovations among government, private funders, and stakeholders.

Over the course of her career, she has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Canada, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda where she has put in place communication and branding strategies for both small start-ups and multi-million dollar organizations.

Lalani-Shariff holds MBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Management, a graduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary, and a B.A. in International Politics from the University of Alberta. An avid community volunteer, she most recently served on the Board of the Calgary Public Library and as chair of Community Relations for the Ismaili Council for the Prairies. Previously, she served on the Board of River Valley School, a private Montessori school, Ten Thousand Villages, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

In her new role, Lalani-Shariff brings her skills in strategic partnerships, business planning and development, communications, public relations, and organizational transformation to help the institute meet its goals.

She describes herself as an adaptable leader and creative team-builder and is passionate about building relevant, quality programs for clients.

She is joined by her husband, Mahmud Lalani; two sons, Rakeen (17) and Kiran (13); and daughter Jaleesa (15). They are all looking forward to finding new friends and adventures.

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