As Principal, Laura supports AHI’s consulting work in examining housing markets and developing financial and policy solutions, particularly on the African continent.
Laura’s interest in sustainable urban development stems from a variety of life and educational experiences. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Sciences Po Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Political Sciences and a specialization in the Latin American geographical area. Laura then went on to earn a Master’s degree from Sciences Po in Urban Governance and Public Policy with a specialization in African cities. During her graduate studies Laura used a wide spectrum of analytical lens to examine the urban fabric and its challenges, focusing particularly on the impact of stakeholders’ interests, collective action and informal activities’ mechanisms. Her studies delved into housing and land issues in Africa and India, including slum upgrading in Lagos and refugee camps as a new urban form.
In 2015 Laura worked for the European Forum of Urban Security in Paris (Efus) on the metropolization process of security issues, where she designed a map of the current policies, stakeholders and the sector’s challenges for European leaders. In 2012 Laura participated in a volunteer project with the NGO A.F.S Cambodge to upgrade a boarding school in Battambang, Cambodia.
Laura is a native French speaker and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Laura likes hiking and her latest passion is rock climbing.