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 working in programming and coordination roles for Save the Children UK, alongside skills in qualitative research and analysis in the areas of gender equality and identity, girls’ education and violence against women and girls (VAWG). 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 post-structuralist and feminist theory. Anna has lived and worked in a range of humanitarian and development settings.

Anna worked with Save the Children UK on a humanitarian child protection capacity building programme and in the organisation’s technical education team, before moving on to grant management positions in South Sudan and the Philippines, building technical understanding of child protection and education alongside operational delivery, programme management and institutional and non-institutional donor compliance.

Anna’s current portfolio with SDDirect includes leading the desk-based research component of four country studies as part of a multi-country baseline evaluation of the UK’s 2014-2017 National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, acting as Relationship Manager and technical expert on the DFID Somalia Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP) in addition to providing rapid research inputs to DFID’s VAWG Helpdesk.