Temina Lalani-Shariff

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Temina Lalani-Shariff

Temina leads IRRI’s Communication unit. She manages a team of around 20 communication professionals and provides strategic direction to the institute’s science and corporate communication efforts. She also ensures high quality delivery of communication products and services to engage IRRI’s internal and external audiences.

Prior to joining IRRI, Temina served as an independent training and communications consultant for five years. She also served as director of communications in different institutions, namely, the Institute of Alberta, University of Calgary, and at the Aga Khan University.




  • Strategic communications planning
  • Business planning and development
  • Change management
  • Training
  • Public and media relations
  • Marketing
  • Communications and organizational transformation


  • Master of Business Administration, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA (2007-2008)
  • MA Communication Studies, Graduate Program in Communication Studies, University of Calgary (1993-1995)
  • Bachelière ès Arts (bilingual – French/English), Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, Canada (1987-1991)
    Major: International Political Science
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1984-1987)


  • Head, Communication, IRRI (August 2016-present)
  • Training and Communications Consultant (Independent Consultant), Calgary, Alberta (2014-present)
  • Director of Communications, Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta (2014)
  • Director, Donor Relations/Director of Communications, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta (2012-2013)
  • Director, Strategic Communications, Aga Khan University and Hospitals, East Africa and South Asia (2008-2012)
  • Managing Director, Blue Flame Consulting Group, Calgary, Alberta (2000-2008)
  • Division Manager, Marketing & Member Services, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary, Alberta (1998-1999)
  • Manager, Marketing & Product Development, Great North International, Inc. (1996-1998)
  • Research Associate, Angus Reid Group, Inc. (currently Ipsos-Reid) (1995-1996)
  • Research Assistant, Majista Research Project (1994-1995)

Temina Lalani-Shariff

Temina Lalani-Shariff
Head, Communication

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna

+63 2 580 5600
ext 2762