Helen Dalton has worked in international development for over 25 years and has held positions in various international development organizations, including AMREF, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, AED, the Commonwealth Foundation, CRS, in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Thailand, Iraq, the Republic of Georgia and the UK. As the Country Director for IRC in Thailand, Ms. Dalton led the closure of IRC resettlement and repatriation programs, as the Cambodian and Laotian camps closed, and set up health programs in the newly established refugee camps on the Thai- Burma border. Ms. Dalton was instrumental in setting up the IRC Office in London. In the Republic of Georgia and Iraq, Ms. Dalton was able to indulge her deep interest in nurturing citizen participation in democratic processes and strengthening civil society, where she held senior technical positions in two innovative democracy and governance programs. In Kenya Helena was a senior manager with the Capable Partners Program that strengthened the technical and organizational capacity of national CSOs to respond effectively to the impact of HIV on women and children, and also worked on the Yes Youth Can program. Most recently Helen was Chief of Party for a US$45m USAID funded program that was designed to improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of vulnerable children, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to these children implemented by CRS in Uganda.
Ms. Dalton is a citizen of Kenya and holds an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex UK.