Aferdita Bytyqi has over 20 years of progressive and relevant programme experience of implementing international research, development and regeneration programmes on behalf of multilateral and bilateral agencies and private donors. Aferdita, before joining the Secretariat, was the Director of Finance and Operations at ICS Integrare and has also worked with MBM, FAO, WHO. She has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict environments, as well as with developed and developing countries. Aferdita has process expertise in UN, EU, DFID, Gates Foundation, Norad procedures and regulations in regard to the disbursement and management of financial grants. She has successfully supported the delivery of multi-stakeholder projects. Her role in the delivery of these projects was from inception to final delivery – from the coordination for the expressions of interest and bidding process to the collaboration with the designers for the publication on the reports and the quality control of the translations and final editing of the reports. Selected publications include The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (SOWMY 2014; SOWMY 2011) report as part of UNFPA’s High Burden Countries Initiative, Analysis of the Midwifery Workforce in Selected Arab Countries (2015) and The Lancet Special Series on Midwifery (2014). Aferdita is an Architect and has a MSc. in Urban Development and Planning from the UCL Development Planning Unit.