Dania joined The Association in April 2016 as Policy and Communications Officer and since then has taken up the role of Head of Policy and Programmes. Dania leads on, and is responsible for, the organisation's policy and communications projects, as well as managing our various Programmes, and supporting our member and community engagement.
Dania specialises in health and racial inequalities, social justice, and in driving forward change in policy and practice. With over 10 years experience in community engagement and supporting grassroots organisations, Dania has developed a unique approach to supporting members which aids them in navigating complex health and care strategy.
In the last year, Dania has spearheaded the ground breaking Mental Health Sustainability Programme which brings together a number of charities from across the spectrum with private sector companies. The Programme responds to the challenges faced by VCSE providers as a result of the pandemic. Dania has created the framework and implemented the Programme to realise this significant ambition.
In the summer of 2020, Dania also founded a sector-wide BME Network which brings together colleagues from minoritised communities in VCSE organisations working in the mental health sphere.
Dania read History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has held roles across public, private, and voluntary and community sectors. Dania has retained a special interest in the experiences of international communities and as such is a board member for Remembering Srebrenica London and Southeast and is Chair of their International Mothers and Survivors Fund.