We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

Amna Akhtar

Amna Akhtar is a Research Officer at the Collective for Social Science Research. Amna completed her undergraduate degree from Institute of Business Administration Karachi and has previous experience in the local development and education sector.


Amna is part of the research and research uptake team for LANSA Pakistan. She is also a part of the Research to Action programme, a RU initiative helping grassroots leaders use evidence to influence policy and political action. 

Jessica Meeker

Jessica Meeker is a Nutrition Convenor within Knowledge Services team at IDS. Jessica has a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and a background in research in nutrition and training.  At IDS Jessica has managed the knowledge sharing and research uptake activities for a number of nutrition research programmes, conducted evidence reviews on nutrition and agriculture and organised and facilitated stakeholder workshops in Africa and South Asia.


Jessica supported LANSA in stakeholder mapping and research uptake strategy development during the inception phase. Jessica provides ongoing support to help facilitate knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders.

Sangeetha Rosemarie Rajeesh

Sangeetha Rajeesh is a PhD Candidate of Strategic Communication at the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication, is an Environmnt Journalism Fellow from International Institute of Journalism, Berlin Germany, and Media Fellow from National Media Foundation, New Delhi. Sangeetha was Contributor to Rural 21- Germany, Global Press Institute - US, New York Times India Ink, and has worked with leading National newspapers in India. She was also Media Researcher - Panos South Asia; Consultant Researcher – ActionAid; and Consultant-Author/photographer for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Sangeetha is Former Editor, Press Institute of India & Research Institute for Newspaper Development. She was also Web Documentor for UNICEF, ActionAid and CCF Canada in India. 


Sangeetha Rajeesh is Research Uptake and Communications Manager for LANSA based at MSSRF, and is responsible for research uptake and communications for the LANSA Consortium.

Zeenat Ahmed

Zeenat is an Information and Communication professional with experience in research, programme management, research dissemination, editing and publishing, organisational communication strategy and a keen interest in knowledge management. She worked for a long time in CIRDAP, a  regional organisation for rural development in Asia and the Pacific and briefly at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development. Zeenat did her Masters in Economics from Dhaka University.


Zeenat is the Lead Research Uptake for LANSA in Bangladesh.

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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