Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan, born in India and raised in Canada, joined UNICEF in 2007, after working 6 years with the U.N. World Food Program in Ecuador, Dell Inc. in Panama and as a private consultant in China. From UNICEF Angola, she was transferred to UNICEF China to support the Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Operation.

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This was followed by UNICEF assignments in Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand and finally Haiti where she served as the Resource Mobilization Specialist and Disability Focal Point for two years. For the past year Cara has served as a Child Protection Specialist, spending most of her time as a spokesperson and international program advisor to the fund raising and advocacy teams of the US Fund for UNICEF across the USA. Today Cara is the founder of her own consulting firm called RISE which supports non-proftis and corporations strengthen their impact in the community by raising resources, their reach and results.

At the age of 30 Cara was diagnosed with a very rare recessive genetic condition, Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM). HIBM is an adult-onset progressive muscle-wasting disease which affects all skeletal muscles, typically leading to incapacity within 10-15 years. There are fewer than 1,000 known patients worldwide and at present, but no approved treatment or cure. Thirteen years after her initial onset, the first fall, Cara now walks with the aid of leg braces and a walker.

Cara has an undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Guelph and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). To add to the diversity of her mixed ethic background and international travel to over 40 countries​, Cara speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and some Mandarin Chinese.

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