Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Ann Kangas

Senior Technical Expert

Ann joined SDDirect’s technical team in April 2015. Her previous experience has been mainly in programme implementation in child protection, gender based violence and social inclusion. She brings experience of working with multilateral organisations including UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She has designed and managed large scale projects around gender, violence and child protection for the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development (DFID) amongst others in both West Africa and Southeast Asia. Ann holds a BA in International Relations and Politics from University of Essex and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Ann’s portfolio at SDDirect includes being a Social Development Advisor for the global DFID Girls’ Education Challenge Fund, providing technical support to projects in Malawi, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She also provides support to the GEC on child protection. Ann is also a Researcher on the DFID VAWG Helpdesk, for which she produces global evidence reviews and targeted analysis on aspects of gender-based violence; and is a consultant on DFID Nigeria’s Voices for Change programme, where she recently developed thematic briefs on men and masculinities.

Ann is a national of Sweden and Finland and in addition to being fluent in Swedish and English, she also speaks basic French, German and Spanish.