Sheila graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zambia and pursued her MSc in Gender and Rural Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). After completing her Masters, Sheila continued to work as a research associate in the Gender and Development Program at AIT. While living in Thailand, she also conducted research in Lao PDR, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Malaysia. Sheila joined the ENERGIA team in October 1999 and works for the ENERGIA Secretariat, as the programme manager of ENERGIA Phase 5. She oversees three large programmes (a programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a research programme and an advocacy and policy influencing programme), several smaller ones as well as a number of consultancies.