No stranger to issues of international development and emergency humanitarian management, Tara Yip-Bannicq has spent the last ten years working on and managing complex projects in the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nepal, Liberia, the Middle East (Syria Crisis) and most recently Japan.
She has extensive experience facilitating collaborations in fast-paced environments and emergency situations with low infrastructure and among diverse stakeholders, including governments, multinational organizations, private sector companies and communities to facilitate positive behavior change.
A youth champion, Tara has previously supported youth leadership conferences in Haiti for the JUMP Foundation, which she represented at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development; implemented a Scholarship Programme as the Haiti education coordinator for European Disaster Volunteers; and served as the Haiti country representative for Future Generations. She was also the Haiti ambassador for the One/Thousand Network (formerly Sandbox), a global community of young entrepreneurs and serves on the Board of EduHaitian.
A dual French-American citizen, Tara holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford. In addition to her native English and French, she speaks fluent Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Haitian Creole, and has working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese She also speaks very basic (and badly) Arabic and Japanese
When she’s not at work, she can be found sitting en terrace in Paris or on a mountainside whilst advocating on behalf of the semi-colon (;).
Like HOLSTEE, she believes that life is about the people you meet and what you create with them.
Tara has recently finished a deployment in Amman, Jordan in support of the UNICEF Middle East & North Africa Regional Office, Humanitarian Team, Syria Crisis and is currently Emergency Programme Coordinator for the Japan Earthquake Response for International Medical Corps until the end of May 2016.