Lauren Pett

Chief Operations Officer

Lauren is a member of the leadership team, supporting Agulhas to grow and diversify and helping set the strategic direction of the company. As a senior programme and operational manager with experience in both the international development and corporate sectors, Lauren uses her skills to set the systems and procedures for the smooth running of the company and oversees several of the company’s project portfolios. She is also responsible for managing risk and duty of care across all of Agulhas’s work.


Lauren has a background in entrepreneurship, having supported the start-up and establishment of a successful development research consultancy, Integrity Global, and a social enterprise specialising in peace building in the Middle East. She worked extensively in the humanitarian sector in the field for organisations such as Médicins sans Frontières (MSF) and has contributed at the strategic level in HQ for The Fairtrade Foundation and MSF. She has a Master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development.


Key work skills

Lauren has expertise in risk analysis, security management, strategic planning and change management, with a keen thematic interest in countering violent extremism theory and humanitarian action.

Other interests

Lauren aims for a balanced lifestyle outside work, focusing on fitness and wellbeing, excellent food and fine wine. She is a believer in finding new challenges and is currently studying for her second Master’s degree in Psychology.

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