Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Anna Parke

Senior 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 particular expertise in Women, Peace and Security (WPS), with a focus on issues around women’s political empowerment and gender-based violence. 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 portfolio with SDDirect includes acting as Team Leader for a UN Women review of the WPS agenda across the Arab states region, Team Leader and Lead Researcher for a DFID RED commissioned research study on women’s political leadership in Somalia, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) adviser on an accountability programme in Somalia. Additional assignments include working as a researcher on DFID’s VAWG Helpdesk and UNICEF's e-Digest on adolescent well-being.