Lizzy convenes policy dialogues on Africa’s partnerships, agency and international relations. Among other areas of focus, this includes exchanges on political systems, accountability and governance; international development and socio-economic change; and ungoverned spaces and non-state actors.
Most recently she was External Engagement Lead for the International Development, South Asia, Middle East and Africa business at Mott MacDonald, an employee-owned, global engineering consultancy. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the Africa Programme at Chatham House in London, where she worked for fifteen years, helping to build the Africa Programme into an internationally renowned centre for policy research and convening. Lizzy fundraised for, designed and worked across multiple projects and publications, and had a particular focus on Nigeria, violent extremism, anticorruption and democratisation.
She has observed elections in Nigeria (NDI & the Commonwealth) and Liberia (NDI). She has served as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons International Development Committee and was previously an Advisory Board Member for Acre Impact Capital.
She was raised and educated in Zambia and Ethiopia. She holds a master’s degree in international politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Bristol.
Lizzy is also a volunteer with the West Hampstead Community Food Hub, which delivers food parcels to over 140 households each week.