Senior Program Manager, Christian Witness / Faith and Development for
East Africa, West Africa, and the Middle East
Sunita first heard about World Vision as a child in 1984, at a concert raising funds for WV’s response to the Ethiopian famine. She prayed at that young age to be able to help, never dreaming one day she would get to serve directly with World Vision. After years working for World Relief and FHI360, including living abroad in Rwanda and Burundi doing microfinance startups, she joined World Vision in 2006.
In her 15 years with World Vision she has served on a number of international programming teams. Her first years working on food security and livelihood programming, writing proposals and managing new programs funded by the U.S. Government, before transitioning to many years of regional work supporting our programs in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the Pacific.
Growing up as a pastor’s kid, with strong roots in the church (her great-grandfather on her father’s side was the first Christian in their village in Orissa, India and her maternal ancestry includes Archbishops of Canterbury, Quaker ministers, and Methodist revival preachers), she has always had a deep love for the church. So the ability to work on WV’s Faith & Development team was a dream come true.
Sunita has 20 years of experience in development work and partnership with the Church to see the Kingdom be displayed on earth as it is in heaven . Currently, she oversees World Vision’s “Faith and Development” programs in East and West Africa, and the Middle East.
Areas of expertise
- Economic Development and Livelihoods Programming
- Integration of Faith Models, Approaches and Partnerships in Grants
- Church Partnerships
- Business Development with Public Donors
- Strategy Development
Sunita has an M.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Binghamton and a B.A. in International Development from Gordon College.