Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Laura Martineau-Searle

Technical Specialist

Laura joined Social Development Direct in January 2019 as a Gender Based Violence Technical Specialist, with a specific focus on GBV in emergencies. Graduated to Masters level at the University of Oxford, Laura has a solid understanding of the legal basis for protection, including human rights law, humanitarian law and international refugee law and the institutional mandates of multilateral agencies and their approach to protection. She brings with her 7 years’ experience working at headquarters, country office and field level for the UK Department for International Development, UN Women and Oxfam, including in drought-affected and conflict-prone settings in the East and the Horn of Africa and most recently, West Africa. In addition to her knowledge of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, Laura also has technical expertise in protection, GBV risk mitigation, primary prevention and response, and safeguarding.

Laura is currently overseeing the technical management of the GBV AoR Helpdesk, run by Social Development Direct on behalf of the GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR), part of the Global Protection Cluster. The GBV AoR Helpdesk is a technical advice service for humanitarian practitioners working at the global, regional, country and field-level. Laura is also a Researcher on the Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk, which provides research, analysis and advice to UK Department for International Development staff and other UK departments on VAWG in development and humanitarian settings.

In her spare time, Laura loves reading fiction, going to the theatre, and Latin dance.