Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Anna Parke

Technical Specialist

Anna joined SDDirect’s technical team at the start of 2015, bringing experience of programming and coordination roles with Save the Children UK (including in South Sudan and the Philippines), and grassroots community development in London. Anna has expertise in gender and conflict, women’s political participation and leadership, women, peace and security and violence against women and girls.  An Oxford graduate, Anna also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and has maintained an interest in feminist theory.

Anna’s current portfolio with SDDirect includes acting as a lead researcher on an evaluation of the UK’s 2014-2017 National Action Plan on women, peace and security, Team Leader for a DFID RED commissioned research study on women’s political leadership in Somalia and Somaliland, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) adviser on an accountability programme in Somalia and Somaliland. Additional assignments include working as a researcher on DFID’s VAWG Helpdesk and UNICEF's e-Digest on adolescent well-being.