Staff


Lara Allen - CEO

Lara Allen

Dr Lara Allen has worked extensively in international development and in academia. As well as being the Executive Director of CGE, Lara is the Director of Implementation & Impact at Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative, and an Affiliated Lecturer: Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and was an Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded Tshulu Trust, which links rural communities in the Venda region of South Africa with universities around the world.The Trust enhances the livelihoods and well being of local communities through knowledge sharing, capacity building and the creation of income generating opportunities. Lara ran Tshulu Trust for eight years. She then spent two years with the Irish NGO Misean Cara, as Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Capacity building and Communications. Lara became the Director of the CGE (then the Humanitarian Centre) in October 2014.  


Andrew Birley - Finance & Operations Manager

Andrew Birley

Andrew has worked in and around start-ups, small businesses, charities and social enterprises for over fifteen years. As a result he has gained experience in and often led on a range of key organisational functions including financial management, human resources,  project management, business transformation, new business development and marketing. Andrew ran his own successful business for 6 years, before being persuaded to focus on just one social enterprise and play a leading role in its growth and transformation over a two and a half year period, before joining CGE in June 2020. Andrew lives in Ely (the 9th smallest city in the UK!) and in his spare time keeps bees, tries to write stories and does everything that he can to protect our natural world.


Kelsea Pastore - Communications & Partnerships Officer

Kelsea Pastore

Kelsea is a communications and fundraising professional with six years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  She joined the Centre for Global Equality in April 2020. She was previously based in New York City at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she began as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Development and then worked as a Research Analyst. She is committed to developing sustainable solutions to global challenges, a motivation shaped by a brief stint in Ghana, where she worked with Saha Global and local partners to establish clean water businesses in remote communities. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and has lived and worked in Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Princeton, New Jersey.


Ben Moore - Summer Intern

Ben Moore

Ben is a third year Manufacturing Engineering student at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Since 2019 he has served as President of Impact Through Innovation Cambridge, a student society based in the Engineering Department that engages students in socially impactful projects. He has a keen interest in design and manufacturing in the context of international development and humanitarian aid, particularly in the role that local manufacturing has in empowering communities. During Summer 2019 he worked for Field Ready, an NGO responding to humanitarian needs by engaging communities in local solutions. Working with the Pacific team in Fiji, his focus centered on disaster response and readiness projects, including the development of an emergency latrine shelter design to ensure reliable sanitation in villages and surrounding islands affected by cyclones. Additionally, he worked on a pilot project in rehabilitation hospitals to repair broken medical equipment using 3D printed replacement parts.