Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Karla Hawke

Business Development Manager

Karla is our Business Development Manager. She supports the process of winning new work through leading on the development of high quality technical and commercial tenders, and leads on relationship management with new and existing consultants, partners and clients. Karla coordinates rapid response mobilisation of individual experts and teams to programmes including the DFID Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Helpdesk, DFID Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Fund, and DFID Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED)

Karla holds a Masters in International Relations: Global Security and Development. She is a business development professional with over ten years’ experience in the international development sector. Prior to joining SDDirect in 2014, she spent three years with Health Partners International (HPI) (now known as DAI Global Health) where she contributed to the successful award of programmes valued at over £6m. She has experience in leading and supporting proposal development for clients including DFID, the EU, the AfDB, the World Bank, USAID and Comic Relief.

Previously Karla worked at the British Red Cross where she was involved in policy and advocacy research for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. She has held a number of volunteer positions in Ecuador, Cambodia and Ghana. She is also a trained safari guide.