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Olivia joined UKCDR in November 2017 and leads on strategic activities such as ensuring joint policy positions and coherent approaches across government in relation to research for international development.

She spent the last five years working in development communications across the public and non-profit sectors, primarily with a focus on refugee- and migration-related issues. Before joining UKCDR, Olivia worked for the International Cooperation and Development Directorate of the European Commission, managing communications activities for a migration and forced displacement fund focused on East Africa.

Prior to this, she managed a communications campaign for a British NGO called Street Child, and worked as a refugee caseworker for the British Red Cross.