Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Roxane Burstow

Deputy Head of Programmes

Roxane joined SDDirect in 2016 as Deputy Head of Programmes. Her role sits between the programme management and business development teams providing fundamental support as the company grows and develops systems and processes. This includes helping to identify areas for portfolio development, supporting the set up of company project management processes in line with best practice, and ensuring the dissemination of lessons learned from programme conception to delivery. In addition, her role includes programme management of key SDDirect contracts such as the DFID funded programme La Pépinière. La Pépinière focuses on enabling DFID and partners to deliver better results for women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a particular focus on adolescent girls and economic empowerment.

Roxane has over eight years experience in the development aid industry providing project management, business development and technical inputs in the context of large donor funded programmes.  She has worked in a variety of international settings and has broad based sector knowledge, notably in economic growth and trade. She has managed projects from proposal to delivery collectively totalling over £20 million, and teams of up to 15 people, working with donors such as DFID, EU, AfDB and USAID. This includes the flagship Trade Advocacy Fund; a £12 million DFID funded programme with a portfolio of approximately 60 grants aimed at supporting low income countries in their trade negotiations.

She has a keen interest and broad understanding of the economic, social and development context in Sub-Saharan Africa, having worked in Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She was recently based in Zimbabwe leading on developing Crown Agents’ economic growth and trade portfolio in Southern Africa. Her publications include articles for The Guardian on the status of free trade agreements in Africa and security sector reform in the DRC. 

Roxane is currently completing a MSc in Public Policy & Management from SOAS. She is bilingual in French and Spanish. She has a keen interest in and supports a number of microfinance organisations providing economic opportunities for women.