Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Inês Silva

Business Development Officer

Inês joined SDDirect in 2015 being responsible for leading on external communications across the company and contributing to the growth of its portfolio. 

Inês brings 4.5 years of experience in business development, research, recruitment and project coordination in the fields of international development, governance, trade and foreign affairs.

Prior to joining SDDirect, Inês worked with Palladium (former GRM International) as Business Development Associate, being tasked with coordinating bid efforts, providing technical and commercial inputs into the proposals and recruiting international and national experts. She successfully managed strategic bids valued over £5m for a range of donors including DFID, the EU and UNICEF in countries such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Myanmar. In Mozambique, she led a business scoping mission to build strategic relationships with local organisations and consultants.

In previous years, Inês worked as a Project Assistant in the Council of Europe being responsible for coordinating training initiatives in Africa (including Tunisia and Cape Verde). Before that, she was nominated by the Portuguese State as a Trade and Investment Consultant for the Embassy of Portugal in Montevideo, Uruguay, and as a Research Assistant for the Portuguese Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Inês holds a MSc in Development Administration and Planning from University College of London and a BA in Political Science and International Relations, being particularly interested in governance, human rights and participatory approaches to development. Inês has conducted qualitative research in Ethiopia analysing the impact of the decentralisation of health service delivery on poverty reduction. Other areas of research include Social Diversity, Inequality, Education and Land and Agriculture.

A native from Portugal and an avid traveller, Inês is a speaker of four languages including Spanish and French, having lived in Uruguay and France.

Outside work you can find her enjoying rock concerts, cycling, exploring London and visiting pretty much every exhibit that is related to the Victorian era.