Shagofah Ghafori is a Project Development Assistant at CEPS.
Shagofah asssits with the development and maintenance of CEPS databases of projects, partners, funders, skills and experts and supports in identifying and exchanging with potential partners. She contributes to the preparation of competitive tender and grant proposals and monitors and expands funding sources (e.g. European institutions, Foundations, national and regional governments …). Shagofah also coordinates the CEPS Sustainable Diversity Goals project, which promotes diversity and gender equality within CEPS.
Before joining CEPS, Shagofah carried out an internship with the Vrije Universitiet of Brussels (VUB) as part the EU-funded H2020 project “HumMingBird”, where she conducted macro and micro policy analysis for foreign and migration policies of the EU and humanitarian rights, carried out qualitative fieldwork in Brussels with refugees and migrants with Afghan background, contributed and assisted in organising the Expert workshop ‘Mind the gap: critical perspectives on migration theories and data’ (https://hummingbird-h2020.eu/news/eventitems/expertws17062020). Previously, Shagofah assisted international NGOs’ missions in Afghanistan in the capacities of global project coordinator, reporting coordinator, and socio-economic researcher in the context of EU, US and CA funded projects.
Shagofah has a strong background in building partnerships, identifying collaboration opportunities and tendering. She also has experience in qualitative research and analysis, including conducting interviews, focus groups and surveys targeting government officials, NGOs and beneficiaries.
Shagofah has a Master Degree in European and Global studies from Padua University with full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. She holds an executive diploma of the Academy of Young Diplomates with specialisation in International Organisations from the European Academy of Diplomacy in Poland. She obtained her bachelor degree in Public Administration and Policy from the Herat University of Afghanistan with honour.
Mother tongue Persian, she is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of French.