Ali Islam Ghauri
I have a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University with over 10 years of professional and research experience in higher education, public health, biodiversity conservation, and journalism. I am interested in the ways local communities cope with the pressures of climate change, natural resource depletion, and disasters in a context shaped by the forces of globalization, nationstates and development. I have conducted several studies on issues related to biodiversity conservation and development in the mountain communities of western himalayas and karakoram in northern Pakistan. I have also been working with organizations financing the treatment of poverty-stricken individuals, and studying the effectiveness of such financing arrangements in the public health context of Pakistan. My previous research experiences of working with vulnerable communities have drawn me closer to Focusing Initiatives International, and psychosocial support to help communities facing rapid change.