About Laura

My name is Laura Deotti, I am a 38-year-old development economist with 12 years of experience in international cooperation with the United Nations and INGOs as researcher and program coordinator on different topics, including child poverty, food security, migration and social protection.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences. In addition, I attended the XI edition of the International II Level master’s degree in Cooperation and Development of the University of Pavia, Italy.  I am passionate about international cooperation and human rights.

For the past 12 years I have been working as project manager, proposal development consultant and researcher in the field of food security/agriculture, migration, children’s rights, gender and health. During those years, I have gained valuable experience in writing reports and new project proposals, and in managing complex and multi-sectoral projects. I have worked for several international non-governmental organizations (Save the Children, Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, ACTED, COOPI, MEDU) and UN agencies (FAO, UNECA, UNDP).  I specialise in proposal development for institutional donors (EuropeAid, ECHO, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), bank foundations and corporates (e.g. Ferrero). I hold expertise in coordinating the entire proposal development process, in designing coherent and relevant logical frameworks, in drafting and reviewing project proposals and annexes (e.g. workplan and procurement plan) as well as budgets. I’ve worked and lived in Uganda, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. I have a near-native level in English and good working knowledge of French.