Maude joined HD from Build Up, where she worked on the intersection between conflict, peacebuilding and technology. As Deputy Director, she oversaw Build Up’s overall strategy, with a particular focus on projects in Syria and Myanmar, on research and on mediation and technology work. From 2017-2020, she was based in Beirut. Earlier this year, she advised HD on their strategy for social media and conflict mediation. Prior to Build Up, Maude was based in Myanmar, managing an early warning system for communal tensions across the country. Whilst there, she conducted research on the role of social media in Myanmar’s conflict dynamics, including in the run up to the 2015 elections. In 2014, she spent time with the HD Myanmar office, doing research on the role of social media in fuelling communal violence. She has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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