Languages Spoken: Creole, French, English and Mandarin Chinese
Rita Bonomally is the East & South East Asia Senior Programme Officer. Prior to joining EMpower, Rita worked at United Nations Office for Project Services in Geneva, managing large-scale sanitation programmes in Tanzania, Malawi, India and Nepal. Then with Wise Philanthropy Advisors, Geneva, overseeing project implementation in vocational training and access to health in Tanzania, Uganda, Laos, India and South Africa.
Rita’s previous experience in project development and management in Hong Kong, is with the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, where she identified partner organisations in China, India, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Nepal, and worked with them to develop projects in education, community health, small-scale rural development, environment and community arts. She particularly enjoyed monitoring and evaluating the projects with the partners, throughout the project cycle, providing opportunities to further improve the working relationship and ultimately the impact.
Rita’s rich experience of working with local organisations is deeply rooted in her time spent in rural Sichuan, China as a field worker, where she worked with the Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan; Using participatory methodologies, village development projects were planned and implemented together with the villagers. Living and working in the mountainous villages of rural Sichuan gave Rita her foundation in development work.
Rita has a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the Renmin University of China, and a Masters in Development Management from the Open University, UK.
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