Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Inês Silva

Business Development and Communications 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 6 years’ experience in international development having worked with government, private sector and international organisations. Inês has a strong interest in communications and corporate branding. She has extensive experience in the development of engaging communications resources to raise a company's visibility and promote a more successful engagement with prospective partners and clients.

As head of communications her responsibilities include: day-today content management of the company’s website and social media pages, leading on development and implementation of the company’s communications strategy, and designing and delivering digital campaigns. Her work so far has resulted in the successful delivery of a high number of publications and campaigns, and an increased visibility of the company on social media. Alongside this, Inês is also a Gender and Communications Analyst as part of a Gender Mainstreaming programme commissioned by UNOPS/ Cities Alliance. She provides support to all communication elements, including drafting of blog posts and social media outreach.

Inês has a proven track record in business development and programme management. She brings extensive experience in delivering technical and financial proposals, having in the past years successfully managed complex, large scale bids valued over £10m. Currently, she serve as Coordinator under the DFID-funded Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk, managing country assignments and leading on budget and workplan development. As part of her secondment to the DFID's Girl's Education Challenge Fund, she is responsible for coordinating a complex grant review process and managing a large team senior reviewers.

Finally, Inês has demonstrated experience of research and analysis, being particularly interested in gender, governance, human rights and participatory approaches to development. Currently, she is a researcher for a quarterly digest on adolescence issues published by UNICEF, responsible for undertaking an extensive mapping of key stakeholders, scanning literature and writing summary articles. Previously, in Ethiopia, she conducted qualitative research, analysing the impact of the decentralisation of health service delivery on poverty reduction. Inês holds a MSc in Development Administration and Planning from University College of London and a BA in Political Science and International Relations.

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.