Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Danielle Cornish-Spencer

Senior Technical Specialist

Danielle joined our technical team in 2019, and works as a Senior Technical Specialist across our Safeguarding portfolio as well as on GBV.

Danielle brings over 15 years of experience in gender-related issues, including gender-based violence, women’s economic rights, LGBTI rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and protection mainstreaming, gender-transformative programming and girls education. Danielle also has experience in urban refugee programming, child protection programming and has worked in both long-term protracted humanitarian contexts as well as in emergency response. Danielle has an MA in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex – where she focused on feminist theory. Her thesis - about sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment perpetrated by aid workers - was published in 2018.

She has direct experience of setting up safeguarding systems, policies and procedures at local, national, regional and global levels. She also applies her extensive knowledge of social norms change to organisational change concerning safeguarding and women’s rights.

She is an academically published author and has published numerous policy papers.

Danielle’s portfolio at SDDirect includes leading safeguarding work for DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge Fund, providing high-level, strategic and technical support to this £350 million fund, across 41 projects worldwide.