Laure Beaufils has been the Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria since February 2017.
Previously, she was the head of the UK Department of International Development in Rwanda. In this capacity, she managed a $100 million portfolio of programmes focusing on economic development, governance and social sectors.Prior to holding this position, she worked in various positions in the UK Government.
She was the lead strategic adviser working for the British Prime Minister in his role as co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. She ran DFID’s department for Overseas Territories. She led a team working on climate change. She worked for the UK mission to the UN as first secretary responsible for development. Prior to joining the UK civil service, she worked with the UN and civil society organisations.
She also worked with the private sector as a financial auditor. She has lived and worked in Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, France, the UK and the USA.