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.  


Sara Serradas Duarte - Global Challenges Initiative Coordinator

Sara Serradas Duarte

Dr Sara Serradas Duarte has always had a strong commitment to the social impact of Science and Education. While conducting her PhD in Neuroscience at University of Cambridge, Sara founded secondGO, a social start up that extends the educational opportunities of university students to others, and was the president of Beyond Profit, the social entrepreneurship society at Cambridge. The combination of these opportunities, her childhood in Mozambique and her previous experience as a teacher made her realise the central role universities can have in addressing the world’s development needs. This led Sara to work with WaterScope, a University of Cambridge-based social start up that combats water inequality through an innovative water-testing kit, and to then join the Global Challenges Forum, a University of Cambridge academic network focused on innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals coordinated by the Centre for Global Equality.


Sophie Mower - Business and Operations Manager

Sophie Mower

Sophie Mower joined the Centre for Global Equality in June 2017 after returning to the UK from two years of travel. After graduating in 2012 with a First Class Honours, Sophie worked for two years at a marketing agency in Brighton. Following a brief spell in Doha working on Qatar Science Festival, an international capacity building event for children, Sophie co-founded the First Steps Project, a Brighton-based non-for-profit that ran workshops and training programs for young people living in areas of deprivation. Working and volunteering abroad was an opportunity for Sophie to experience different working environments in different cultures. Seeing first-hand the social, environmental and political challenges faced by the developing world has enhanced Sophie’s perspective on social and economic responsibility, inspiring her to pursue a career in international sustainable development.