Yumna is an experienced programme and partnerships manager, development consultant, facilitator, and curriculum specialist. She has over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit and socio-economic development space having worked and lived both in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Her work experience ranges from having managed economic development programmes for the European Union (EU) across agriculture, trade and small medium enterprise development, as well as maintain partnerships across the public, private and civil society sectors. Yumna previously worked as a consultant on the establishment of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and as the programme director of the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF).This experience strengthened her skills in programme and partnership management and in community practice and development. As programme director at CRF she managed country-based youth development projects and funding partnerships with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the National Department of Basic Education. She trained youth and adults in community radio as well as researched and produced a series of training manuals for the Young Reporters Network Initiative with UNICEF in Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia, and produced a DIY youth radio production manual published by UNESCO. Other work experience includes Richard’s House Children’s Hospice (UK), Christian Aid (UK) and 8 ink Media/Media 24.
Yumna received a master’s degree in Critical Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, for which she was awarded best dissertation in School of Social Sciences, and an honours degree in Media, Theory and Practice from the University of Cape Town. Further qualifications or expertise include training in diversity and inclusion facilitation, podcast and radio drama production, and a Level I Yoga Teacher Training.
Yumna is passionate about the integration and meeting points of economic development with social development, and the ways in which new and traditional methodologies can contribute to authentic participatory change.