Claire Leigh

email: clairesuzanneleigh@gmail.com

phone: 07730 788045

twitter: @claireleighlab

Claire Leigh is Co-Chair of the Labour Campaign for International Development. In her professional life she is an advisor on aid effectiveness, statebuilding and governance, focused on the developing world and with a particular interest in post-conflict states. Since 2011 she has been a Research Fellow at ODI (the Overseas Development Institute), where she leads a programme of support to the g7+ Group of Fragile States. Before joining ODI, Claire worked as an advisor to the Presidents of Liberia and Rwanda on behalf of Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative.    

Prior to working in international development, Claire was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Strategy Unit. She has also worked for the Foreign Office and for UNICEF in New York.    

Outside of work, Claire is a committed activist on women’s rights and social justice. She is on the committee of the Fabian Women’s Network and was until recently Vice-Chair of the Young Fabians. Claire is also a local Labour Party activist and is Chair of Tonbridge and Malling CLP.    Claire has an MPhil in Politics and International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge.

Subjects: Defence, Equalities (Women), Foreign Policy, International Development, Labour Party (AWS & Positive Action), Young People

Regions: East of England, East Midlands, London, South East