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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.

All of Syria Co-Ordinator

International Medical Corps
December 2014 to May 2016
  • Developed the All of Syria Strategy for International Medical Corps (IMC)
    From December 2014 to June 2015 I worked with IMC's newly established Middle East Regional Team, Country Offices and Response Teams to develop a 2015/16 All of Syria Strategy. This encompassed all programming inside Syria as well as the programmes in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq/KRI and Jordan.
    A key component of the work was to support programmes transitioning from first phase emergency response to a chronic humanitarian situation.
  • Once the strategy was completed in June 2015, I continued my work with International Medical Corps supporting their teams across the region who were working cross border into Syria. The focus was on bringing these teams together to look at improving communication, systems and processes including monitoring and accountability.
  • In July 2015 I was asked to support the Jordan Country and Cross Border Programmes alongside my work of facilitating the strategy implementation. IMC were facing challenging times and I was required to lead on in country donor and related agency relationships. I did this successfully until January 2016.