Florina Xavier

Florina holds a PhD in Social Work from Osmania University, an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and in Social Work from Madras University. A Fulbright Scholar and an Oxford Fellow, she has constantly combined theory and praxis in her professional and academic journey. Her expertise lies in breaking the complex to simple. Her areas of work are project management, women and children, education, health and nutrition, livelihood, counseling, advocacy, peacebuilding and disaster risk reduction.

Currently working with Act for Peace as their Regional Return and Reintegration Advisor taking care of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. Prior to that she worked in Afghanistan with Tabish where she was working on PSS of women and children. She has also worked for the UNHCR in Kyrgyzstan, CASA and the Organisation for Eelam Refugee Rehabilitation in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, and was the Associate Director of Praxis at the Henry Martyn Institute: International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation (HMI) in Hyderabad, India; and lectured at Loyola College and Roda Mistry College of Social work and Research Center in India.

Additionally, as a consultant, she has worked in PSS including training and intervention, GBV and trauma healing trainings and conducting M&E workshops, for several peacebuilding and faith-based organisations internationally such as Mindanao Peace Institute, Initiatives for Change, UNICEF, INTERSOS, DRC, ECHO, Christian Aid, Aide et Action, United Evangelical Lutheran Church of India, Tabish, among others.

This profile was last updated October 24, 2019