Laura Mitchell is a senior adviser at NOREF, where she works in the area of gender and inclusivity in dialogue, mediation, peace processes and transitions. Geographically, her work has focused on the Arab world (Iraq, Syria, Libya and the Gulf). She has extensive international development field experience in conflict zones and speaks several languages (including Arabic, Russian and French). She has worked as a programme director, country director and executive director for several international agencies, including Save the Children (UK), Oxfam (Canada), FOCUS (U.S.)/Aga Khan Foundation, KPMG, the World Bank and the planning Alliance/rePlan.
In terms of her formal education, she has an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies from the OISE/University of Toronto and a BA in Modern Languages (Russian and Arabic) from McGill University in Montreal. She has also taught master’s-level courses and coordinated an international development programme at a Canadian college.