Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Harri Lee

Senior Technical Specialist

Part of the SDDirect team since 2013, much of Harri’s work focuses on integrating a gender and social inclusion approach and driving research uptake and learning in development programming. She spends most of her time working on gender-based violence (GBV) and girls’ education and also has experience in safeguarding and women, peace and security (WPS). Harri has worked with a range of clients including DFID, the FCO, MoD and others including Plan International and Girl Effect in Ethiopia, India and Kenya and on global programmes across multiple settings.

Recently, Harri was seconded to DFID’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) team to drive departmental lesson learning using new and innovative approaches. Other roles include monitoring lead for DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence research programme, and Social Development Adviser and disability lead for DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC).

Before joining SDDirect, Harri worked for DFID’s Evaluation Department where she led research on gender-based violence and economic empowerment. Harri’s previous work includes qualitative research on a longitudinal study on girlhood for Plan International, work on the Colombian armed conflict for Amnesty International and conservation displacement in Kenya for Survival International. She holds a BA (Hons) in History and Spanish and MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).