Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Laura Martineau-Searle

Senior Technical Specialist

Laura is a Senior Technical Specialist, who works across SDDirect’s Gender-Based Violence, Security, Justice and Peacebuilding and Safeguarding portfolios. Laura manages the GBV Area of Responsibility Helpdesk, a unique research and technical advice service which aims to inspire and support humanitarian actors to prevent, mitigate and respond to violence against women and girls in crisis-affected contexts. Laura also leads SDDirect’s work on innovative partnerships, communications and influencing. As part of this role, Laura edits the COVID-19 Blog Series, which aims to shine a spotlight on the most vulnerable individuals and nations affected by the pandemic.

Laura has nearly 10 years of professional experience in the development and humanitarian sector, during which time she has worked across research, policy analysis, advocacy and influencing for Oxfam, the UK Department for International Development and UN Women. This includes in-country experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Laura has a proven track record of managing complex multi-stakeholder, multi-year projects and currently co-chairs the UK Gender and Development Network’s Programmes Working Group, which brings together representatives from across the development sector to share research, evidence and learning on effective programming to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Laura holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. Laura is also an Inner Temple Major Scholar, with a Graduate Diploma in Law and a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. Laura is passionate about strengthening women’s access to justice both in the UK and abroad.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, writing, cycling and salsa.