Laura leads NRGI’s fundraising team and is responsible for relationships with the organization’s governmental and philanthropic donors.
Before joining NRGI, Laura served as the U.K. director of Self Help Africa (SHA), an agricultural development NGO. Over the course of nearly ten years at SHA, Laura served in progressively more senior roles, including programme funding manager and head of operations (U.K.). She was the program funding lead, exceeding annual targets of over $30 million and responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with a range of grant-makers including international foundations, government donors and high net worth individuals. She also led the pursuit of non-traditional income streams including contracting, tenders, consultancy and social enterprise.
Among her recent notable achievements, Laura secured a €22 million contract with the European Commission to establish and manage a competitive grant mechanism for Kenyan agribusinesses and won a £5 million contract from the highly competitive U.K. Department for International Development’s BRACED resilience program involving multiple partners in the U.K., Burkina Faso and Germany.
Laura holds a certificate in fundraising management from the Institute of Fundraising.