Nastaran Jafari currently works as a senior policy officer in the International Education Division at the Department of Education and Training. Her primary expertise is in providing education for children in the context of humanitarian crises. Originating from a persecuted minority and moving to Australian as a “stateless person”, she is passionate about gender empowerment, global citizenship education and applying emotional intelligence within humanitarian practices.
Nastaran worked as Save the Children’s Education emergencies advisor in the Asia Pacific region, during which she worked alongside UNICEF, Ministries of Education and local communities on education policies and systems to ensure children can continue their schooling in the aftermath of a humanitarian crisis. Nastaran also worked as Save the Children’s education manager for the Syrian refugee and Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons crises based in Northern Iraq. In that role she managed education projects on peace education, child-friendly spaces, safe school construction and gender equality to support up to 200,000 children affected by the war. Prior to this, Nastaran worked as an advisor to the United Nations on the development and delivery of key humanitarian activities in the Pacific region and as Education Specialist for Educate A Child, contributing to the commitment of Her Highness of Qatar to provide education to ten million out of school children globally.