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Aima Waheed

Aima Waheed

Aima Waheed

Director, Crisis Response
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Aima Waheed is an accomplished human rights advocate known for her unwavering dedication and extensive expertise in crisis management, campaign coordination, casework team leadership, and the cultivation of inclusive work environments. Currently serving as the Crisis Response, Casework, and Campaign Support Manager at Amnesty International Australia, Aima spearheads a nationwide team dedicated to addressing the urgent needs of refugees, individuals in detention, and asylum seekers.

In her role, Aima adeptly manages caseworkers, provides invaluable research insights, and offers campaign support on a range of pressing human rights issues, including refugee rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights, indigenous rights and people in detention.

Aima’s passion for inclusivity is palpable in her initiatives at Amnesty, where she has successfully implemented diversity training programs, led recruitment drives to enhance representation, and launched ‘Amnesty Talks,’ a mentorship program aimed at nurturing the next generation of human rights activists. Through these efforts, she has fostered a culture of collaboration and innovation within the organization, focusing on centering conversation with people with lived experience and creating a more inclusive environment for all.

Beyond her work at Amnesty, Aima has played a pivotal role in shaping policies and directing impactful campaigns such as ‘Raise the Intake’ and ‘My New Neighbor.’ Her contributions to key policy frameworks and research on crisis response, refugee rights, asylum seekers, and community sponsorship underscore her commitment to promoting dignity and mental health support for vulnerable individuals.

With a diverse professional background spanning consultancy, media, marketing, human resources, and organizational development, Aima brings a wealth of management experience to her role. She holds a double master’s degree in Project Management & MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, complemented by undergraduate studies in Politics & International Relations from the London School of Economics (graduate stream through UoL) and Finance and Marketing from the Lahore School of Economics.

Continuing her pursuit of knowledge and expertise, Aima recently completed a course in Forced Migration at Oxford University and is now poised to embark on a Ph.D. journey focused on refugee and migration trends, with a specific emphasis on sustainable community development.

Currently enrolled in the Gender Analytics: Gender Equity through Inclusive Design Specialization at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Aima’s capstone project delves into migration policy and refugee resettlement mechanisms through a gender lens, highlighting design exclusion and default gender access issues.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Aima enjoys engaging in hobbies such as miniature photography, pottery, reading, and swimming. Her multifaceted interests and unwavering commitment to social justice underscore her dynamic presence and influential advocacy within the human rights sector.

Aima splits her time between Sydney, Australia, and Toronto, Canada, embracing diverse perspectives and enriching her global outlook.