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About Alison

Alison is a non-profit management professional with over 15 years of experience in the Indian development sector. She moved to India in 2002 and worked as a Director of Magic Bus, one of India’s leading children’s NGOs. In 2009 she joined Dasra, as part of the leadership team and founded their European office in London. Alison was pivotal in securing the seed funding for the Dasra Girl Alliance, a large funding and capacity building programme focused on adolescent girls across India.  

In 2015 Alison joined Educate Girls as their UK Director, and founded their European presence. She focuses on their strategic engagement, sharing lessons and emerging practice from their operations in India, from the Development Impact Bond, writing extensively on outcomes based funding and building new strategic and academic partnerships. She led Educate Girls’ internal process evaluation of the development impact bond (DIB) and continues to lead their efforts to share the lessons learnt from the contract. 

Alison has a depth of experience working at a field level in India in education, community development, gender equality and child protection and has a particular interest in innovations in development financing.  

Alison has an MA from The University of Edinburgh, a Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from the Cambridge Programme for Industry and started her career with Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers as a specialist in British and Anglo-Indian art.