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Barbara Inagaki

Barbara Inagaki

Professional Development Coordinator, Ashinaga Brasil

In 2014, as part of my PhD, I conducted research in Mozambique on the role of women in local agricultural production. I spent two years in a small community in the north of the country where I had the privilege to meet and live with exceptional people who generously – and patiently – shared their time, knowledge, and experiences with me. 


My relationship with the African continent began that way, as well as my self-reflection on the directions that I was taking in my life at that time. My academic career was not as fulfilling as it had been before, and I started to consider changing my career path. My strong interest in Africa (and, particularly, in Portuguese-speaking Africa), together with my desire to work with social impact naturally led me to Ashinaga, and I joined Ashinaga Brazil in 2020 as Professional Network and Career Development (PND) Coordinator. As PND, I support scholars to develop their professional capacity and networks, and secure internship opportunities in Africa. Interacting with such talented scholars is extremely inspiring, and being part of such an impactful project continues to be an amazing experience.  

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