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Emily Laurie

Senior Policy Adviser, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


Emily Laurie is the governance and policy adviser on education in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. In that role, she works to secure political and policy change in support of the role of education in ending extremism.

Before joining the Institute, Emily worked across a range of global education advocacy and policy initiatives and campaigns. For four years Emily was the executive director of her own advocacy and campaigns consultancy company, Genki Global, during which time she developed and implemented advocacy and campaign initiatives and strategies for a range of clients, including UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan International, the Global Partnership for Education, Malala Fund, the Global Campaign for Education, Project Everyone and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Malaria Summit.

Prior to freelancing, Emily led and worked on a range of girls’ education policy initiatives. This work included successfully lobbying for the integration of 12 years of girls’ education into the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the adoption of a UN resolution on ending child marriage, an increase in domestic and donor financing of education, and the adoption of the International Day of the Girl Child. She was also a special adviser to the UN special envoy for global education on the inaugural Malala Day, which included the adoption of the first ever UN youth resolution.

Emily has worked at humanitarian and human-rights organisations including the British Red Cross and People’s Watch. She has a master’s degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and spent a year teaching English in Japan.