Chief Executive OfficerWomen for Women International
Laurie Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of Women for Women International. Ms. Adams is an innovative leader, strategist, and gender rights advocate with more than 25 years of experience in international development and human rights across Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Her professional history includes two decades of field experience in Africa, including managing Oxfam’s country programs in three African regions. Also at Oxfam, she led the creation of an innovation partnership to support young feminists called Roots Lab. Ms. Adams joined Oxfam after eight years at ActionAid International leading efforts from the South Africa headquarters to measure impact, strengthen learning, and build accountability for over 40 countries, including leading transformation projects in India, Brazil, Nepal, and Uganda. Ms. Adams holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of London, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Rights from Dartmouth College, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Ms. Adams has appeared on many outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, and BBC.