Haidee-Laure Giles

Haidee-Laure has more than 15 years of experience within the international development, human rights and humanitarian sectors in leading and managing international projects in partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Haidee-Laure has worked in various countries in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East supporting projects and advocacy with a particular focus on livelihoods and refugees issues; she speaks five languages. She is the founder of two NGOs in Portugal and serves as Vice-President of a small organisation denouncing human rights violations and promoting joint actions in Portuguese speaking countries.


Key Skills 

  • Partnership building and development (government, charities, social movements, and grassroots organisations)
  • Project development and management
  • Due diligence, project monitoring and evaluation
  • Accomplished bid-writing and contract management (UKAid, SwedishAid, private foundations, EU, Lottery Funding, UN agencies)
  • Strategic thinker
  • Policy analysis
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • High level of initiative
  • Critical thinker
  • High level fundraiser
  • Excellent written verbal skills
  • Passionate about achieving socio-economic change based on values of justice, equity and solidarity

Haidee-Laure’s main area of expertise is project management and funding, partnership building, as well as advocacy.
She has led multi-country programmes and advocacy on food justice, in partnership with grassroots organisations and government. In 2010 she contributed to the creation of the UK Food Sovereignty movement and lobbied for the first UK Bill on Agroecology adopted in 2014. She has also secured large grants from a range of EU government’s funding programmes, including DFID, and SIDA. She has also raised money from the Big Lottery Fund. More recently, she has worked on refugees issues in Bangladesh in the largest refugee camp in the world and in Greece.

Bilingual French/English, fluent in Portuguese and working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

Recent deployment
Bangladesh for the IRC to carry out grant management for the Rohingya refugees crisis.
In-depth research and analysis of the impact of Climate Change on farmers in 4 countries in Southern Africa to inform La Via Campesina’s advocacy strategy.
Researched  impact of food policy and trade reforms on farmers in Mozambique.

Recent Achievements

  • Responsible for the oversight and overall management of IRC’s humanitarian framework team
    to increase the value and quality engagement of key European donors in forgotten and protracted
    crisis in the Syria Region, West Africa and the Horn (portfolio value of USD$10.9m).
  • Awarded USD$8.8m by SIDA (SwedishAid)
  • Secured SIDA’s ongoing support for IRC’s Strategic Initiative promoting innovative thinking in
    humanitarian project design and delivery