Halima has a 20-year career in global development, with the British’s government’s aid department, DFID and the British Council, and LEGO Foundation. Most recently she was Vice President, she led LEGO’s offer on creativity, technology and the professional development of teachers. Through 16 years with the UK government, she was First Secretary in Education in a variety of overseas postings with DFID covering education, social development and inclusive growth, and at the British Council was Director for Education in Asia leading programmes in 14 countries as diverse as China, Korea, and Myanmar.
She is currently UK National Chair of the Women’s Environmental Network and Trustee of Toynbee Hall. Halima holds a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of London.
She has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Indonesia, China, Denmark, UK, Pakistan and Nepal.