On Wednesday, January 30th, 2008, Ms. Diana Youdell, Special Advisor to the Director General of the Afghanistan Task Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, visited the University of Manitoba as part of a Canadian speaking tour.
Ms. Youdell recently returned from Afghanistan where she served as Head of Development Programs for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from August 2006 to September 2007. These programs include microfinance, sustainable livelihood, gender equality, and girls’ education, to name just a few. Ms. Youdell joined CIDA in 1997 as a Desk Officer in the India/Sri Lanka/Nepal region before later accepting a position as an Education Specialist for the South Asia region. She assisted the
Government of Pakistan establish technical training schools for unemployed women. From 2001 to 2006 she worked in Pretoria, South Africa as a Development Counsellor implementing programs in response to the HIV pandemic, education, and new governance structures. Ms. Youdell has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Manitoba and has extensive training in counselling, mediation and conflict resolution.
While at the University of Manitoba, Ms. Youdell gave a public lecture and answered questions on Canada's Role in Rebuilding Afghanistan. She also met with staff from the University of Manitoba's International Relations Office as well as several University of Manitoba researchers to discuss current and potential University of Manitoba projects in Afghanistan.