The International Society of Female Professionals Recognizes Marie Nissanka


Marie Nissanka is currently a Senior Advisor for the Evaluation and Research team at Kāinaga Ora (the former Housing New Zealand). Her specialty lies in mixed-methods data analysis, qualitative research methods and providing advice on evidence-based research. Other than her research skills, Marie has a proven track record in attaining positive results through removing barriers and harnessing the potential in people and processes to deliver the optimum outcome.

Marie will graduate with a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (specializing in multicultural education in protracted environments) from the University of Otago in 2020. She also holds a Masters Degree with a Distinction from the same institution, a Graduate Diploma in International Development Studies from Massey University and an older Masters degree in Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington following her undergraduate degree from the same institution.

Marie’s research background is diverse and she has written several research papers on youth abuse, homelessness and crime, organizational learning in non-government organizations, family violence prevention, peace education, multicultural education, sustainable international development, good governance, human rights education and peace-making in protracted environments. She has worked as a researcher for several institutions in various sectors such as the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Peace Foundation, Otago University (research undertaken for the College of Education, Peace and Conflict Studies and the Centers for Sustainability and Cross-Cultural Studies).

Marie is passionate about contributing to society through volunteering and she actively provides pro-bono pieces of research for human and animal rights organizations. She is also a spokes person for social justice and identity-based equality in Sri Lanka and in other post-conflict nations. She is a volunteer evaluation consultant for Education for Global Peace and the Regional Representative for the Australian Evaluation Society. Her Linked in profile can be found here –

Marie is looking forward to networking and connecting with other likeminded professionals. The International Society of Female Professionals Member, Marie Nissanka, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.
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