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Job title

Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Patricia serves as WEConnect International’s Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East. Over 20 years, Patricia has started, grown and led international and national NGOs for women and youth empowerment.

In her previous roles at Save the Children, Making Cents, International Youth Foundation, and at her own consulting practice, she led regional strategy, capacity building, program management, and fundraising for expansion in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Her personal driver is increasing prosperity, rights, and voice for the most marginalized people.

Patricia has built and led diverse cross-cultural, cross-border and cross-sectoral teams, developed alliances with the corporate sector, and raised over $20M over 20 years to help more than 200,000 rural and urban deprived women, youth and entrepreneurs develop the knowledge, skills, opportunities, and networks they need to get decent jobs and build businesses, stay healthy, and be productive citizens.  In the process, she has forged and maintained partnerships with global corporations, multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations and local and international non-profits.

Patricia is a thought leader and has been instrumental in the generation and sharing of research and best practice, most recently on young women’s economic empowerment, youth entrepreneurship, and employment, creating and leading the Evidence to Action Forum: The Future of Work for Deprived Youth in 2018.

Patricia served as a public sector management specialist at the World Bank, where she pioneered the integration of citizen's voice into public sector reforms and anti-corruption work. Prior to her career in international development, she served as Assistant Vice President in project finance on Wall Street at The Fuji Bank and National Westminster Bank, where she contributed to closing and syndicating more than USD 1 billion in alternative energy, cogeneration, recycling, and transportation structured financings. She attended Brown University and Harvard Kennedy School. She serves as a mentor for youth and women in the Washington, DC area and on the board of AMP Global Youth, which promotes global citizenship.

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