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Dr Lara Allen

Dr Lara Allen


The Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge


Dr Lara Allen has worked extensively in international development and has the ideal mix of skills to lead the Humanitarian Centre during its 2014-15 year focused on Empowered Voices and into the future. Lara has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and was Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded the Tshulu Trust, which links rural communities in the Venda region of South Africa with universities. The Trust aims to improve livelihoods by sharing knowledge and building the capacity of developing communities. Lara ran the organisation for eight years. Since 2012, Lara has been head of monitoring and evaluation, research, capacity building and communications at Misean Cara, an Irish NGO, which supports development projects worldwide. She took up her post on the 6th of October 2014.


  • capacity building and community development
  • international development