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Temina Lalani-Shariff

Temina Lalani-Shariff

Director - Advocacy and Brand


As IRRI’s Director of Advocacy and Brand, Temina oversees the institute’s global advocacy, stakeholder engagement, marketing  and communication. She brings over 20 years of experience in branding, donor development and management expertise.

In this role, Temina brings her skills in strategic partnerships, business development, communications, public relations and organizational transformation to help IRRI meet its goals. She describes herself as an adaptable leader and team-builder and is committed to fostering an environment of creativity, innovation and inclusion where people can do their best work.

Temina is passionate about knowledge and its potential to impact individuals and transform communities. Over the course of her career she has worked with universities, research institutions and civil society organizations in South and Central Asia, Africa and North America to generate support from governments, private funders and stakeholders. An entrepreneur at heart, she established and grew a boutique public relations firm early in her career.

Temina holds MBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Management, a graduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in International Politics from the University of Alberta.

An avid community volunteer, Temina most recently served on the Board of the Calgary Public Library and as Chair of Communications and Community Relations for the Ismaili Council for the Prairies. Previously, she served as a Board member of River Valley School, a private Montessori school, Ten Thousand Villages and the International Association of Business Communicators.


  • Kellogg School of Management (MBA)
  • Schulich School of Management (MBA)
  • University of Calgary (Graduate Degree - Communication Studies)
  • University of Alberta (BA - International Politics)