Nadira Narine, Senior Program Director, Strategic Initiatives
Nadira Narine is Senior Program Director of Strategic Initiatives, primarily responsible for research and analysis, coordination and support of program work on water and food issues.
As Food and Water safety intersects with so much of our program work - from the water impacts of hydraulic fracturing to human rights violations in the agricultural sector and the impacts of commodity over-speculation on global food prices - Nadira is responsible for helping members exploit synergistic opportunities, within the ICCR coalition, that measurably advance ICCR’s social responsibility work with multiple companies and across many sectors. Further, Nadira closely coordinates with other NGOs and investor groups related to ICCR’s strategic areas such as Food and Water Watch, Oxfam, the CEO Water Mandate and Ceres to bring attention to the impacts of corporate policies and practices on food and water concerns.
She has been a staff member at ICCR since 2004, and prior to this assignment served the organization as a Program Assistant and Associate Program Director. Nadira provides a strategic approach and thinking across ICCR’s water and food program areas and has a global view that enhances both individual and collective efforts of the organization.
Nadira was born in Trinidad. She obtained a BA and MA in Political Science from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. For her master’s thesis, she traveled to Kerala, India, researching the ways women, Dalits and Adivasis change society and government in Kerala by continuously challenging their status as marginalized populations. She has also traveled to Brazil researching Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, or, as it is referred to in Portuguese, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST).