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Laura Allan

Specialist – Gender & Business

Laura supports organizations in implementing gender-forward strategies. Specifically, she provides advisory support to clients through administering gender diagnostics and designing tailored strategies to support their unique needs. Laura has strong project management, cross-cultural and organizational skills, which she brings to fore in projects that provide technical support to early- and growth-stage enterprises. Additionally, she collaborated in the design and implementation of Value for Women’s flagship offering, the Gender Smart Nexus.

Laura has spent the majority of her career working with impact investors, small and medium enterprises, and other actors in the social entrepreneurship sector in sub-Saharan Africa to incorporate a gender lens in their operations. Notably, she developed and implemented Engineers Without Borders Canada’s gender-lens investing strategy, and led PEG Africa’s gender-mainstreaming process, resulting in the company receiving British International Investment’s (formerly the CDC Group) first 2X Challenge investment.

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