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Sarah-Jean  Cunningham

Sarah-Jean Cunningham

Director of Operations and Business Development

Sarah-Jean Cunningham is a strategic communications and research expert with almost a decade of experience in the Middle East and Asia. She has advised a diverse range of governments and international organisations and currently spearheads Lapis operations in seven frontier markets.
Sarah-Jean manages global teams that create multimedia campaigns on a range of strategic social and development issues, including, elections, health, countering violent extremism, civic education, economic development, youth engagement and women’s empowerment. Her client base includes UN agencies, foreign aid and development agencies, ministers, and embassies.

In the five years prior to joining Lapis, Sarah-Jean worked with the United Nations and other humanitarian organisations in management, research and communications roles.

She holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is proficient in Arabic and Farsi. In addition, she sits on the board of a number of not-for-profits, promoting education for women and freedom of speech.