Christina Ashford holds a MSc in Globalisation and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) where her studies focused on the privatisation of the global carbon market and its impact on local communities’ access to the land and forests on which their livelihoods depend.
Christina joined Global Diversity Foundation from the Mines Advisory Group, a humanitarian organisation working to remove landmines and other remnants of war to provide conflict affected communities with safe access to land and infrastructure. As Middle East Programme Coordinator, Christina supported the delivery of country programme strategies in Iraq, Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. Prior to this, she worked as Programme Manager at Portman Group, the social responsibility body for the UK alcohol industry, and has held a number of policy roles at NGOs including the Robin Hood Tax campaign and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
As Programme Manager of GDF UK, Christina is working closely with the Regional Programmes Director to ensure the successful implementation of the Mediterranean Programme, and in particular the High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme. She is also part of the dynamic Global Environments Network team, supporting event organisation and network management.