With over 7 years experience working in the development sector, Zulaika currently works as a Trainer & Programs Officer with Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum – a non-profit organization working to prevent violent extremism and promote values of peace, tolerance and pluralism.
Zulaika has also represented the organization in various local and international foras including the ongoing consultation for the development of the Uganda National Strategy for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. Others include participating in Validation of the Regional CVE Strategy under the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism; Mapping CSOS working in CVE in Uganda; and Development and Validation of the UNDP PVE App and Counter Narrative Tool Kit for East and Western Africa.
She is now expanding her scope of work into research and is currently serving as a Consultant Researcher with Wasafiri Consulting on a research project entitled; “Mapping at-risk groups vis-à-vis community influencers and assessing their vulnerability to violent extremism in Eastern Uganda.”
To help strengthen Muslim Community Resilience to Violent Extremism, Zulaika has also Co-Authored a Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum Manual titled; “ The mosque as a center for holistic Muslim Community Development.”
Out of the peace and security sector, Zulaika also does career guidance and mentorship for youth and children aimed at sparking the imagination of our young people, motivate them about education, help them to link classroom lessons to their futures.
Zulaika currently holds a Bachelors degree in Development Economics from Makerere University School of Economics, a certificate in Co-counseling from Makerere University College of Health Sciences, a Training of Trainers Certificate in Financial Literacy from Bank of Uganda and GIZ, and has also attended extensive training courses in Peacebuilding, Conflict Management, Counter/Alternative Narratives and Preventing Violent Extremism.
She is a member of the Uganda Economics Association, World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE)-Community, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)-Network, and a U-Reporter with UNICEF.