Hilmi joined InterAction as the Senior Coordinator and Technical Specialist for Shelter, Settlements, and Disaster Risk Reduction in 2011. He is a humanitarian shelter and reconstruction specialist, who works to improve the collaboration, capacity, practice, and policies of stakeholders who respond to humanitarian disasters and crises.
Prior to joining InterAction, Hilmi worked for U.N. Agencies and INGOs in complex humanitarian emergencies and development programs. He has responded to and managed emergencies such as the conflict and famine in Somalia, the post-genocide refugee crisis in Tanzania/Rwanda, the Asian tsunami and armed conflict in Sri Lanka, the cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, as well as emergencies in Haiti, Eretria, Pakistan, Yemen, Lebanon, and Sudan. He has also managed several large infrastructure, reconstruction, and refugee resettlement programs in the MENA region. In the private sector, he has worked for Shell Petroleum in Singapore and with SAIC on a U.S. Government chemical weapons demilitarization project in Maryland.
Hilmi holds a M.E. in Engineering Project Management Systems from the University of Canterbury and a B.E. in Project Management Systems from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.