Umeda Zhumanazarova completed her MA in English literature at the University of Hyderabad, India. She has also completed several certificate level courses of the Aga Khan Humanities Programme. Umeda's areas of academic focus have been English language study and the humanities. Prior to joining the Institute, Umeda worked as an English language teacher for UNICEF in Tajikistan and as an teacher of English literature at the Tajik State Pedagogical University. From Tajikistan, Umeda speaks English, Russian, Shugni and Tajik.