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Vina Nadjibulla

Vice-President, Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Vina Nadjibulla joined APF Canada as Vice-President Research & Strategy on November 7, 2023.  

An Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, Ms. Nadjibulla’s career includes two decades of experience in high-level diplomacy, strategic planning, policy analysis, and program management, with a focus on political risk analysis, conflict prevention, women’s rights, peacebuilding, and global governance.

As a Senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Ms. Nadjibulla’s recent research has focused on hostage diplomacy, Canada-China relations, and Canada’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. As an international security and peacebuilding specialist, she spent a significant portion of her career at the United Nations headquarters in New York and in peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions in West and Central Africa. She also has extensive experience working with national governments, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations in Canada, the U.S., Central Asia, and China.

Ms. Nadjibulla has been a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice. In 2018, she led an international advocacy campaign that helped to secure the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were arbitrarily detained in China for more than 1,000 days.

Ms. Nadjibulla holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and is fluent in English, Russian, and Farsi, and speaks intermediate Mandarin Chinese. A citizen of Canada, she was born in the Soviet Union, raised in Afghanistan, and educated in the U.S.

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