Dr Lara Allen
National Engagement Lead
CEO, Centre for Global Equality and University of Cambridge
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Lara Allen is the CCG National Engagement Lead. She is the CEO of the Centre for Global Equality (CGE), a Cambridge-based civil society organization that enables the evolution of innovative solutions to global challenges by facilitating productive interactions between academia, civil society, government, business, and under-resourced communities in developing countries. She is also an Affiliated Lecturer in Inclusive Innovation at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, where she directs the Inclusive Innovation Programme. She has more than ten years of experience as an international development practitioner, having worked as a consultant, employee, and volunteer with grassroots Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and national and international NGOs, in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ireland, and the UK. Prior to this she was an academic with nine years of post-PhD experience at the University of Cambridge and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. As head of CGE, she has led the evolution of the organization’s approach to Inclusive Innovation. This is premised on facilitating productive collaborations between academic researchers and key actors in civil society, government, and business to ensure that innovations stemming from research are appropriate for the intended end-users and are diffused and scaled effectively.