After a Masters in International & Development Economics from Yale, Malika joined President Clinton's Tsunami Recovery Office at the United Nations in New York. Worked on public-private partnerships 'to build back better' in 7 countries, then was staffed on Sustainable Development and corporate accountability projects with DESA, the UN's Economic think-tank.
Malika has joined the UNDP Gender Team as a Technical Specialist on Poverty and Gender to implement and support the Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI). She was part of the Peace and Security team at UN Women where she managed a multi-Agency partnership to develop national, regional and, finally, a global set of indicators in 2010, to monitor the implementation of the Security Councils’ Resolutions on women, peace and security. She was recently on loan to the UN’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) as a Policy Adviser on gender-responsive peacebuilding, focusing on piloting the seven-point Action Plan in 10 post-crisis countries. As an expert planner and strategic policy analyst she builds partnerships and sustainable accountability frameworks with stakeholders from government and industry, from Sierra Leone to Serbia and Indonesia, to validate and nuance policy making at HQ.
Each of Malika's assignments at the UN has centred around accountability, be it financial, corporate or political.