Past professional experience include; a) networking and coordination of NGO development activities in the GMS, and b) managing community development projects and capacity or institution building activities in the Philippines (i.e. the Rural Livelihood Generation Programme and the Integrated Rural Financing Programme).

She holds a masters degree on Human Settlements Development in the field of Rural and Regional Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and an undergraduate degree in Agriculture major in Agricultural Economics from Visayas State University (formerly called Visayas State College of Agriculture) in the Philippines.

Her research interests include community development and participation, environmental assessment, vulnerability analysis, migration, microfinance and social and economic issues related to water and sanitation.