Victoria is the Digital Communications Officer at the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE). In this role, Victoria is responsible for the planning, development, standardization, content generation, and analysis of GATE’s web, print, and social media environments to enhance GATE’s public reach and reputation. She also advises the leadership team on strategic approaches to communications, marketing, and branding to further GATE’s mission and increase impact among its stakeholders.
Victoria holds a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a BA Honours degree from Virginia Tech in political science and history. She previously worked in content creation roles at organizations such as the Mackenzie Institute, MaRS Discovery District and the NATO Association of Canada, and has conducted policy research for several organizations such as the Lutheran World Federation, Project Vote Smart, and the Munk School. Her primary focus of research and writing is the Middle East and North Africa—predominantly the Gulf region—which includes examining the intersections of media, business, gender and security. In particular, her research has spanned looking at the women’s right to drive campaign in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf reliance on foreign military assistance, and female entrepreneurship in the region.
She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Southern Africa Embrace Foundation, which works predominately in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and is a Global Advisor for Womenpreneur, an organization assisting female entrepreneurs across the Middle East through in-person workshops, digital storytelling and online resources.
To learn more about her work and philosophy, watch her keynote from Digital Jove 2019 below.