Business Development Officer
Serena is part of the Business Development team at SDDirect, where she supports the production of pre-qualification responses and proposals including relating to track records, project budgets, sourcing team members, the production of tailored CVs, and due diligence checks. Serena regularly keeps track of tender notification alerts (DFID, FCO, UN, EU) to identify relevant prospects for the company, and leads on the development and maintenance of the consultant network. She also supports company communication activities including managing website and social media updates, developing thematic brochures, and assisting with the production of promotional material.
Prior to joining SDDirect, Serena lived in Nairobi, Kenya, where she conducted research as part of her Masters dissertation focusing on the involvement of women in peacebuilding. She also worked with an NGO focusing on child protection, mental health and gender-based violence.
Serena holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights, Migration and Development from the University of Bologna, and has undertaken internships with the UN Women and with Make Every Woman Count.