Joanna Rea

Joanna Rea

Director of External Affairs (on maternity leave)
Joanna leads external affairs at ODI, including public affairs and communications. She has 15 years of experience working in international development policy, high-level advocacy, communications and campaigns with a range of international organisations in the UK, Ireland and internationally. Prior to this role, Joanna was ODI’s Head of Public Affairs, establishing a new function to increase the impact of the institute’s work.

Before joining ODI, Joanna was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Bond, the UK network for organisations working in international development, leading the policy team and representing the sector at high level dialogues with the UK government, at the UN and with other international organisations and governments. She has worked with a range of organisations such as Oxfam Ireland, Concern Worldwide and UNICEF.

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