Astrid Walker Bourne is the Policy and Practice Director, she joined Practical Action in October 2012. Her team leads the organisations global advocacy efforts to influence policies and practice of key development stakeholders in the organisation’s focal areas.
Astrid has been shaping the approach to policy change across Practical Action, building capacity in the regions and providing leadership in all areas of engagement. Astrid and her team are working closely with country and regional offices and expanding alliances and networking to improve policies and practices at national levels. Main areas of her work include championing of evidence and learning to support the organisation’s knowledge work and developing a strong case for technology justice.
Astrid has been working in the development sector for 20 years, in roles spanning project administration and management of emergency and development projects in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and Sudan. Prior to joining Practical Action Astrid worked for HelpAge International with a focus on learning, research and policy change. Astrid has an educational background in English Literature, Russian and Agriculture Economics (MA, Giessen University) and a post-graduate development studies qualification from the Centre of Advanced Training in Agriculture (SLE, Humboldt-University Berlin).