Katharina Samara-Wickrama

Programme Officer

Katharina Samara-Wickrama joined Oak Foundation in May 2013 as Programme Officer for the Issues Affecting Women Programme. Katharina is an Australian lawyer with 20 years experience working in the humanitarian sector. She worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for over a decade in their legal division and in the Refugee Women and Gender Equality Unit where she focused on developing programmes to enable refugee women to better access their rights as well as mainstreaming a gender equality perspective across UNHCR’s programmes.  Katharina then spent 4 years setting up systems and training for NGOs to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiaries. Most recently she has worked with NGOs to ensure that their programmes are accountable to communities affected by disasters and crises.