Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Director, Insights and Impact

Laura is a technologist, lawyer and strategist with more than 12 years of global experience in the aid and development space. Laura’s career has focused on helping social change organizations all over the world use technology in principled and impactful ways to support their mission. She brings together practices and people humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management, and human-centered design.

Before joining DIAL in 2019, Laura was Director of Innovation at the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), where she led an organizational strategy process, guided the development of a collective platform on data ethics, and oversaw research on new technologies like blockchain. Prior to GAHI, Laura worked at SIMLab, FrontlineSMS and the British Red Cross. She has also consulted with organizations and startups on responsible data; evidence and product; project and organizational strategy, including for DIAL on the 2018 Baseline Study.

Laura holds an L.L.M. in international development, law and human rights from the University of Warwick, UK, and an L.L.B. in law, French and German from the University of the West of England, United Kingdom. She currently sits on the board of the CDAC Network and the funding committee of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.