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Dr Virginia Adams

Virginia is currently based in Taranaki, New Zealand. She holds a PhD (international

Development); M.IntDev; B.A (Education).


Virginia is an experienced researcher in local, national and international settings specialising in empowerment, gender, work skills development and social impact areas.

She has an in-depth understanding of the barriers and enablers for women in Timor-Leste entering and succeeding in training and employment in industry and non-traditional job fields. Virginia’s skills include:

  • Qualitative research (framing, surveys, interviewing, capturing meaningful data, validity, robust analysis, direction for positive futures).

  • Gender analysis.

  • Monitoring and evaluation.

  • Literature review, fact-checking and editing.

  • Policy development.

  • Programme management.

She is an expert writer who can adapt to different client and audience needs such as research reports, research articles for publication, web content, ghostwriting, and editing.


Virginia has a breadth of experience in NGO, education/training and community/arts settings. She offers expertise in:

  • High-level planning/organising in NGO and education/training settings.

  • Community events management.

  • Empowering, inclusive leadership, mentoring and teaching in a range of skill areas.

  • Fostering co-operative, collaborative teamwork.

Virginia brings to the ‘change for better futures’ table:

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.

  • Seeing the big picture whilst committing attention to detail.

  • Creativity, resourcefulness, pragmatism, and flexibility.

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