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Sonia Zambakides

Senior Leader, International Development

Sonia Zambakides
Driving License
United Kingdom
Professional Status
Open to opportunities
About Me
I recently moved to Myanmar to act as Crown Agents Fund Director and Asia and Middle East Regional Director. Prior to this I was London based leading their global Humanitarian and Stabilisation team. From 2006 to 2017 I worked in East Africa and the Middle East running large scale emergency responses and building country/regional programmes.

I have a deep passion for development and a core belief in the ability to make a difference. These are my primary drivers for the work I do and result in me being highly motivated and driven to effect change where change is needed.

My career has spanned the full spectrum of humanitarian response to long term development: however, I believe that these traditional divides are no longer relevant in todays context where 80% of the conflicts are protracted crisis. For a number of years I have been an advocate of designing strategic, and operational approaches which have fluidity between multiple strands running in parallel, such as humanitarian response, recovery and resilience in order to meet the needs in the changing development landscape.
  • To lead and manage the HARP Facility, which is the instrument for the FCDO to deliver the UK Government’s humanitarian and resilience portfolio across Myanmar
  • Significant course correction was required at the start of 2019 and I was engaged to lead the change management process which resulted in:
    - 50% increase in staff across Myanmar
    - A new grant management system for local, international and UN grantees ensuring operational efficacy, transparency and accountability
    - 50% increase in partners who receive multi-year humanitarian funding
    - Securing the maximum uplift funding allowed under this contract along with an 18-month extension
    - Providing leadership in knowledge brokering across national and international bodies in Myanmar and the region