Rosa Akbari is the Information & Communications Technology for Livelihoods Technical Advisor. In this role, Rosa helps identify practical areas to leverage lowest common denominator technologies throughout Economic Recovery & Development programs around the world. This includes supporting the ideation, business analysis, and implementation processes required to bring information and communication technology solutions to light. Before joining the IRC, Rosa was based in Cape Town, South Africa serving as a Senior Field Manager for Dimagi, inc.—an ICT4D (for development) social enterprise. Prior to Dimagi, Rosa conducted research on ICT and humanitarian logistics based in the Western Sahara refugee camps. Rosa’s interest in humanitarian technologies began, however, while working for the US Department of Defense. In January 2010, she deployed to Haiti as part of a six-person civil-military unit tasked to augment hard communicat ion networks after the earthquake. Upon return, she served as a coordinator for RELIEF, a quarterly field experimentation initiative co-hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University, and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Rosa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.