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Yasmin Khan
Researcher and Funding Director , Human Rights Organization
Mexico City, Mexico
Highly accomplished Researcher and Natural Resource Manager with expertise in Community and Regional Planning, Water Resource Management, and Journalism. Field work experience ranging from researching and implementing a rural regional water plan in Veracruz, Mexico to assisting in sustainable rural economic development in Karnataka, India. Demonstrated success working with diverse cultures and in
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
SUMMARY: Field work experience in rural settings as a communications official at an international economic and community development organization in Bolivia. 2012 Fulbright Fellow in Mexico, researching and planning a rural regional water plan in Veracruz. Funding and Development director for The Americas Program based in Mexico City. Dual master’s degrees in community planning and water resource management. Experience evaluating and researching community water systems in rural Veracruz, Mexico. Experience working on water and community climate-change evaluation and community surveys in Northern New Mexico and Mexico. Proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology; surface and groundwater modeling using STELLA; qualitative and quantitative research database software including SPSS, ATLAS.ti.

Director of Funding and Development, the Americas Program, Current
Mexico City, Mexico
- Research and manage funding resources, grant writing and website development for the Americas Program,
- Manage writers, volunteers and interns in daily tasks and weekly assignments. Recruit journalists and interns
- Research and writing focused on rural community development, natural resources, gender politics, climate change mitigation, immigration and migration issues and human rights in Mexico

Fulbright Fellow, Veracruz State, Mexico, January 2012 Current
Tamiahua Lagoon Region, Veracruz, Mexico
- Research Fulbright focused on designing regional plan to assist local communities in upgrading their potable water and wastewater systems
- Research on how fishing communities can protect the mangrove ecosystem from further contamination by fishing boats, human contamination and petrochemicals

Field Instructor, University Of New Mexico, Sustainable Rural Economic Development in India
August 2010 to August 2011
Kotumachigi Village, Karnataka, India
- Instructor for undergraduate and graduate-level field course on Sustainable Rural Economic Development and Water Resources in India
- Develop curriculum, syllabus, readings, assignments and exams for approximately 16 students
- Collect information needed to conduct a pre-project survey; conduct a baseline study of Kotumachigi Village; investigate population characteristics; create an asset map of the community; interact with villagers to learn about their needs and resources; study local and international sustainable development strategies focused on women

Planning Consultant for Community Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems, June 2010 to present
Tamiahua, Veracruz, México
- Evaluate current potable water and wastewater treatment systems, current contamination levels of water in and around the village, and community water needs
- Research future potable water and wastewater treatment systems, along with appropriate funding and management systems
- Create and conduct community surveys of willingness to pay for services

Field Researcher
Dual Masters degrees
Master of Community and Regional Planning, MCRP
Concentrations: Rural Community Organizing, Natural Resource Management
University of New Mexico
Graduation July 2011, with distinction

Master of Water Resource Management, MWRM
Concentration: Water Policy and Management
University of New Mexico
Graduation July 2011, with distinction

Bachelor in Communication and Journalism
Minor in Biological Sciences
University of New Mexico
Graduation December 2003
Graduated Cum Laude, Dean’s List
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Fulbright Fellow, Veracruz, Mexico 2012
- “Planning for the Greater Community”, 2010 Community and Regional Planning Department
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (FLAS), 2010, US Department of Education
- Alan Stamm Travel Scholarship, 2010, Community and Regional Planning Department
- Fellow with the Medill School of Journalism Academy of Alternative Journalism, 2007, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
- Narco News School of Authentic Journalism fellowship in Cochabamba, 2004, Bolivia

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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish, Portuguese
    India , United States
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