Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Harri Lee

Technical Specialist

Harri joined SDDirect in 2013 with experience working on research and evaluation of gender-related projects at DFID and a number of iNGOs. Harri previously worked as a qualitative research consultant for Plan International where she led qualitative data coding and analysis for a longitudinal study of girls in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She then moved to DFID’s Evaluation Department where she managed studies of evaluations related to DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women and provided advice and support on the commissioning and managing of evaluations at DFID. Her previous work also includes research on human rights violations in Colombia at Amnesty International, and on the impact of conservation on tribal peoples for Survival International.

Harri’s current portfolio at SDDirect includes providing support on social development issues to projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC and Rwanda funded under the DFID Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC), and working as M&E technical specialist on DFID’s Research and Innovation Fund on What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. She is part of the team delivering DFID’s VAWG Helpdesk, where she provides rapid research inputs on a number of related areas. Harri’s previous work at SDDirect includes working as a qualitative researcher on the baseline study of an impact evaluation of DFID India’s Safe Cities Initiative and serving as a researcher on an evaluation of the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), where she led a review of HMG capacity on WPS issues through interviews at the Whitehall level.

Harri holds a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); she speaks Spanish and is learning Portuguese.