BA Politics (Hons) 1978; MA Politics 1989
With more than 25 years' experience in international development leadership, Cornelia is a committed advocate for some of the world's most vulnerable people. She has contributed to both development thinking and practice in a range of areas including; relief to development transition planning, gender in development programming and the effectiveness of aid. As a regional leader for World Vision, she oversees the organisation's humanitarian response, long-term development and advocacy programs across 14 countries in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East region. The regional strategy is dedicated to sustainability improving the wellbeing of 10 million of the most vulnerable children, through relief, rehabilitation, health, education, economic development and child protection programs.
Through her work Cornelia has confronted some of the most devastating global humanitarian crises, including 20 years of engagement with Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a range of international and local NGOs. Currently her portfolio includes WV's response to the Syria crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Northern Syria as well as long term programs in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. In 2005
Cornelia was seconded to Aceh Indonesia in the wake of the devastating Tsunami.