Discussing anti-money laundering and banking regulation in Somaliland while in the field in Gadibley, scoping a water transmission site.


Rima das Pradhan-Blach is an international affairs specialist with nearly 25 years of field experience.She is of Nepali origin, born in Darjeeling in India, a naturalised Australian and resident in Denmark.


Rima brings practical, context-specific solutions in complex situations, while understanding international and national political priorities. Rima is skilled in translating political goals, to shape public policy internationally, and nationally, and then designing and leading implementation projects in complex environments.


Rima has a demonstrated track record in not only delivering at pace but also in multi-track diplomacy at international and national levels. She is best at being a bridge between different worlds, bringing people together, thinking out of the box to deliver results.



She has been a Strategic and Senior Adviser to Heads of Governments, as well as senior diplomats and officials within a range of development finance institutions and projects supported by them. She does a mix of long-term and short-term assignments either as an individual, or hired through International Affairs and Legal Consulting (IALC).


Most recently, Rima served as the Country Director for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Somalia, leading a team delivering a complex portfolio of stipends payments to the Somali National Army, and Police, infrastructure planning and delivery, stabilisation, renewable energy, and shaped implementation by being deeply engaged in the strategic policy space.



Being legally trained, underpinned by an undergraduate degree in human ecology, both from the Australian National University - Rima continued to use her extensive field experience in primarily Fragile and Conflicted Affected Countries (FCAS) to reflect on issues while completing a Masters in Policy Administration from Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute in 2003. The focus of the Masters was very much about war to peace transitions.


Types of projects

Rima has provided technical advice, coached leaders across the board and led efforts on:


  • Public administration reform, including public financial management, decentralisation and civil service reform
  • Strengthening state institutions to improve service delivery in sectors such as health, education, water
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Sustainable development of productive sectors and creating enabling environments for private sector development particularly in FCAS settings
  • Promotion of renewable energy and improving access to cheap and reliable energy to promote security, service delivery and economic development
  • Justice sector and security sector reform, including improving access to justice and security
  • Establishing accountable, flexible bi-lateteral and mulltilateral funds, including catalytic funds for all of the above
  • Anti-corruption
  • Stabilisation and durable solutions
  • Youth employment and migration
  • Working on innovative durable solutions to promote resilience to address long-term humanitarian issues


Countries of experience

Rima has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific, and the USA.


Most of all Rima is an adventurer, with an indominatble curiousity about the world and people and finding the right solutions to address complex problems..




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