Helen Wai-sze Leung, M.Sc.

Global Programs Associate: Strategy and Planning

HelenBased in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Helen supports Asylum Access’s learning, monitoring and evaluation efforts. She is also working on the Refugee Rights Toolkit Initiative, which intends to catalyze and support refugee rights initiatives worldwide, advancing access to justice for those beyond Asylum Access’s direct reach.

Prior to joining Asylum Access, Helen supported social innovation and grassroots community work in Ghana, Uruguay, and China. In particular, her passion was found in working with the asylum seekers and refugee youths in Hong Kong. Currently, she advises Generation Ultimate, a South African youth organization and is the Field column editor of Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.

Helen conducted ethnographic research in exploring the fluidity of the “asylum seeker” identity for African asylum seeking youths in Hong Kong, and examined the historical evolution of humanitarian innovation in the forced migration context, among other topics. She presented her research findings at the Centre of Refugee Studies Student Caucus Annual Conference in York University and at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference in the University of Oxford. She has also written for publications such as Forbes, the Huffington Post, South China Morning Post and the International Political Forum.

Helen holds a Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong.

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