Director of Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
Lauren is a New York based international development professional and currently the Director of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center, working on strategic global philanthropy and its role within the broader development ecosystem. Lauren excels in strategy development and implementation as well as advisory, negotiation, partnerships, policy, capacity building and workshop facilitation. She has technical expertise in Financing for Development, the Sustainable Development Goals, data and knowledge and rural and urban planning. Lauren is a natural high energy leader, who believes that complex societal issues can-not be solved alone or in silos, and hence expertise must be leveraged across a range of platforms and people.
A thought leader for the field, Lauren represents philanthropy in global fora, frequently authoring and contributing to blogs and research reports, speaking at conferences and facilitating workshops around the world. Prior to her role at Foundation Center she consulted to The World Bank, looking at how best to leverage land to structure urban regeneration private-public partnerships and held roles with the Development Assistance Committee at the OECD in Paris where she focused on the Post-2015 Development agenda and sustainable financing, the World Heritage Center at UNESCO in Paris and with the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Dili, East Timor. Before pursuing a career in international development, Lauren worked in the private and public sector in Australia in urban and rural planning.
Originally from Australia, Lauren sees herself as a global citizen with a passion for travel and foreign cultures having visited over 50 countries. She has a fascination with the magic of wine, from terroir to bottle, and is also a keen yoga and pilates-goer, horse rider and hiker, who enjoys both the lights and energy of the big city as well as the solitude and calm of nature and the beach.