Vanessa Currie, MA is a consultant with more than a decade of experience in children’s well-being, protection and participation, using holistic approaches to reimagine community development. Her work focuses on engaging young people, their families and communities in participatory action research, and monitoring and evaluation processes that draw community wisdom forward in partnership with governments, NGOS and civil society. Working in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America as well as with Indigenous communities in Canada, Vanessa leads the development of innovative culturally appropriate and child and family centered systems. Community-based child protection mechanisms that reinforce communities’ capacity as agents to support young people are an area of special interest. Vanessa is an Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria, Canada and also serves as a Senior Associate with the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity at Columbia University in New York, USA. Vanessa lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.