Nayre Stefanian: Empowering Women & Communities In Iraq Through Finance & Humanitarian Support


Humanitarian work in Iraq holds immense significance as it tackles pressing necessities, safeguards human rights, advances sustainable progress, and nurtures societal unity. It serves as a vital support system for those impacted by crises, enabling them to restore their livelihoods and actively participate in their community’s development. Through her involvement with Mission East, Nayre Stefanian plays a pivotal role in driving meaningful change and relieving the hardships faced by the Iraqi population. By endorsing and actively participating in humanitarian efforts, Nayre Stefanian contributes significantly to easing suffering and envisioning a more promising future for the people of Iraq.  Nayre Stefanian is an accomplished Finance Officer at Mission East, a renowned humanitarian organization dedicated to providing essential assistance to those in need. With a profound commitment to making a positive impact, Nayre brings a wealth of expertise and experience to her role. Below is an excerpt of Nayre Stefanian’s exclusive interaction with CEO Insights ASIA magazine.

How has your professional journey been so far? Tell us about your roles and responsibilities at Mission East as the Finance Office.

I am a proud Iraqi Armenian Danish Citizen living in Denmark since 2000. With a background in commerce and accounting education, I possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. I commenced my professional journey as an accountant in a small organization, overcoming numerous challenges that have ultimately strengthened my resolve and expertise. Joining Mission East, a humanitarian organization, in December 2021 marked a pivotal moment in my career. As a finance officer, I excel in transferring funds to our diverse projects worldwide, particularly those in Iraq. My responsibilities encompass reviewing of contracts and agreements to ensure that all financial obligations are recognized signed from partners and office countries, and preparing annual reports for auditors. Additionally, as a Finance and Administrative Officer, I also fulfil administrative duties. Fund allocation and bookkeeping form an integral part of my role, ensuring meticulous financial oversight. Most importantly, my dedication lies in driving financial efficiency and accountability within our organization.

How does Mission East, as a nonprofit organization, add value to the current situation in Iraq?

In Iraq, Mission East, as a nonprofit humanitarian organization, plays a vital role in helping those in need. Our focus lies on supporting Yazidi women, who have endured unimaginable trauma. We aid them in their journey toward recovery and help people who still lack proper shelter and homes. By empowering these individuals to reintegrate into society, we contribute to their community’s growth and progress. As a finance officer, my responsibility is to ensure that funds are transferred correctly and utilized effectively, safeguarding the integrity of our undertaking. Mission East's work in Iraq encompasses fostering resilience and enabling positive contributions to the lives of those we assist.

What have been the most significant challenges you have faced throughout your professional journey, and how did you overcome them?

The most significant challenges I have encountered in my professional journey revolve around fund transfers, particularly when dealing with substantial amounts. The complexities of communication with banks and various partners have posed obstacles that demanded resolution. However, these challenges have fuelled my determination and strengthened my resolve. Motivated by a combination of personal interest and the desire to create a positive impact, I have sought support from both organizations and individuals who assist in overcoming such hurdles. The primary challenge lies in identifying and resolving issues when funds become stuck or delayed in reaching their intended projects. Addressing this challenge remains an ongoing endeavour in my work.

"My dedication lies in driving financial efficiency & accountability within our organization" 

Where do you envision yourself in the next five years? Additionally, do you have any short-term goals you aim to achieve?

I aspire to continue expanding my knowledge and skills within the finance field, making valuable contributions to the success of Mission East. My goal is to advance my career while maintaining a fulfilling and balanced life. I firmly believe that investing in humanitarian assistance for those in need yields the greatest returns, as it empowers individuals to make lasting contributions to their communities. Thus, I plan to dedicate myself to Humanitarian work for the foreseeable future, perhaps even for the next 10 to 20 years, ensuring sustained impact and growth.

What message would you like to share with aspiring women entrepreneurs all around the world?

To aspiring women entrepreneurs all around the world, my message would be: Embrace your fears and failures as stepping stones towards growth. Do not let setbacks define you or halt your progress. Instead, view them as opportunities for learning and improvement. Keep moving forward, for there is a pause in your journey, not an endpoint. With resilience and determination, you can forge a path toward success and make meaningful contributions to your communities. Embrace the challenges, learn from them, and let them fuel your drive for a better future.

Nayre Stefanian, Finance Officer, Mission East

Nayre is a dedicated finance officer at Mission East, bringing extensive expertise in accounting and finance to her role. With a passion for humanitarian work, she plays a pivotal role in ensuring funds are effectively utilized to alleviate suffering and empower communities in Iraq.

Quick Facts:

• Favorite Book: The Personal Efficiency Program Edition by Kerry Gleeson

• Favourite cuisine: Armenian-Iraqi and Indian

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