Senior Communications Officer
The Senior Communications Officer is responsible for all media and strategic communications related to climate policy and advocacy in CAN. The role leads on drafting communications strategies and developing shared messaging and narratives that align the network across various climate fora like UNFCCC, the IPCC, the Green Climate Fund and other multilateral fora such as G20 and the G7. This position organises CAN communication meetings virtual and face-face, regular press briefings, webinars, training and strategy meetings and coordinates media requests for CAN members. This role also helps co-facilitate the ‘Croissant Conspiracy’ Communications Group and the CAN Communications Working Group.
Dharini has 11 years of experience in journalism and strategic communications. She’s worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization, UN, and more recently with the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Programme (hosted in the Wageningen University, the Netherlands) as the South Asia Communications Specialist based in New Delhi. Her work has given her insights into how climate change is affecting small-holder farmers in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the policy and grassroots changes needed to enable adaptation in the agriculture sector.
Following her postgraduate studies from the University of Vienna, Austria in Global Studies, with a specialisation in International Development, she worked for a few years in Brussels, Belgium, first as a Communications and Press trainee at the European Commission and subsequently for an Economic Policy Think Tank, Bruegel. Dharini started her career on the news desk for The Hindu.
She lives in Bangalore, India.