Aileena is an international development professional with 5 years of experience working for international nonprofits and for an international business firm conducting research and providing administrative support. Most recently, she worked remotely at Dexis Consulting Group writing proposals for USAID projects in MEL and democracy and governance in Africa.
She has worked, lived, or studied in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, and Washington, DC. She recently completed her Master’s in International Development from the Korbel School of International Studies in Denver, Colorado. In her free time, Aileena enjoys playing tennis, practicing yoga, and trying new global cuisine (Laotian is her favorite.)
Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?
I decided to work at Geneva Global because the team is driven by social impact, they work with a wide array of clients/clients needs, and the team is well-rounded and committed to collaboration and team work. I was also looking for a job that would be dynamic, exciting, and allow me to be at the forefront of philanthropic strategic decisions.
Who or what has inspired you to do the work you do?
My experiences traveling inspired me to work in international development and philanthropy. Through this travel, I have been able to see domestic and international inequalities in health, education, and access to resources. I have also been able to see opportunities for philanthropy to play a role in helping communities in need.
What brings you joy?
Things that bring me joy: an early hot yoga class, a cup of iced coffee, a bike ride in the countryside at sunset, experiencing art (theatre, art, live music), exploring a new city for the first time, and spending time with my little brother and friends.
What’s your best travel advice?
My best travel advice is be yourself, be open, and be open to changing your plan. Some of the best travel experiences happen when you don’t have a set itinerary. Also – always be early to the airport!