Lydia is a gender, conflict and peacebuilding expert with over twelve years’ experience working on fragile and conflict affected states. She has particular expertise in South Sudan where she lived for seven years advising on a range of programmes at grassroots and policy level, latterly serving as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare. Lydia has also advised the UK and Danish governments on issues of security sector reform and gender. She seeks to go beyond textbook recommendations and find locally applicable solutions to gender and security challenges.
Lydia is the author of several peer-reviewed publications on the subjects of gender and security in South Sudan and currently works for the London-based consultancy Social Development Direct where she recently led an evaluation of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.