Lauren is a Director and 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’ 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 has worked extensively in the humanitarian sector both in the field, with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), and contributed at the strategic level, in HQ for The Fairtrade Foundation, CARE International and MSF. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with honours, a Master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development, and in 2021 Lauren graduated with Distinction in her second Master’s in Psychology.
Key work skills
She has expertise in risk analysis, security management, strategic planning and change management, with keen thematic interests in countering violent extremism, conspiracy theory and humanitarian action.
Lauren aims for a balanced lifestyle outside work, focusing on fitness and wellbeing as well as the consumption of excellent food and fine wine. She is a believer in finding new challenges, and recently started learning how to surf, as well as taking lessons improve to her French language skills.