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As Research & Policy Officer at UKCDS, Yaso is responsible for providing research and policy advice to UKCDS member organisations and key stakeholders. Yaso joined UKCDS in December 2015. Her areas of expertise span across evidence into policy, research uptake, knowledge mobilisation, partnerships, capacity development and networks.

Yaso has a degree in Geography, and spent over eight years at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) working to strengthen the capacity of research institutes, intermediaries, think tanks and NGOs in promoting evidence-informed policy and practice. Her work also took a critical look at the role of knowledge brokers in international development. Prior to this Yaso was Programme Manager for Book Aid International, supporting library development in Africa and Asia.