Nancy Smyth is currently Director General for Social Development at Global Affairs Canada. Her responsibilities include thematic responsibility for education, gender equality and child protection across Canada’s development assistance programs, working closely with the Health and Nutrition Bureau. In addition to other management positions held at GAC in policy planning and corporate change management, Nancy has worked in other Canadian government departments leading international policy coordination for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and overseeing performance reporting on the delivery of Aboriginal labour market programs with Employment and Social Development Canada. She also spent over 10 years with Canada’s International Development Research Centre in program, partnership and policy positions and held policy and program positions within the non-governmental community before joining government. Nancy has lived and worked in South Africa and Kenya, and managed or contributed to development projects in many other countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.