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Head of Technical Practices and Strategy

Lavinia Tyrrel leads Abt’s International Technical Practice, a technical team that focuses on innovation to deliver quality services for our clients’ beneficiaries. She has more than 15 years of experience in foreign policy, development, and national security. Her team of technical experts develops, tests, and applies interdisciplinary approaches to development challenges. This includes issues that UK-, Australian-, and US-funded investments in Africa, Asia, and the Indo-Pacific address. The team’s work ranges from health, economic growth, and governance to climate change; monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning; and gender equality, disability, and social inclusion.

Lavinia has expanded Abt’s international technical team from one person with no business model to a staff of 11 with a pipeline of USD$1m in strategic consultancies. She developed a sustainable business and operational model that has enabled the team to provide services and technical innovations for more than a dozen Abt and donor-priority programs in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Their impact ranges from improving representation of women in provincial health decision making in Papua New Guinea to using political economy analysis to improve the reach of essential health treatments for neglected tropical diseases in Africa and Asia.

Lavinia has held leadership roles within donors, the non-government sector, and in the design and management of aid programs. As interim team leader for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, she managed a team with an AUD30million portfolio. She has served as a strategic MERL advisor for the Australia-Asia Foundation Strategic Partnership. She served as the adaptive management and strategic MEL advisor to the UK-funded Portfolio Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program in Nepal and PNG Transition to Health Program. Lavinia also was international policy advisor for the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


  • Strategic leadership of Abt’s technical practices in Australia and the UK
  • Technical and policy skills in foreign affairs and aid policy, governance, MERL, the intersection of governance and gender, and service delivery
  • Asia-Pacific knowledge and networks
  • Team leadership and program leadership 
  • Communication and cross-cultural skills

Key Projects:

  • UK-Government Portfolio Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program (Nepal)
  • Australia-PNG Transition to Health Program (PATH)
  • Strategic Advisory services to Australian Government programs in Philippines (PATHWAYS), Canberra (Corporate Strategy Branch), Solomon Islands
  • Strategic Advisory services to UK funded programs in Africa and Asia (ASCEND) and Eastern Europe (Good Governance Fund)


  • “Implementing Adaptive Management: A Frontline Effort – Is there an Emerging Practice?” By Graham Teskey and Lavinia Tyrrel, Abt Governance and Development Working Paper, April 2021.
  • “Uncertainty and COVID19: A Turning Point for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning?”, By Lavinia Tyrrel, Linda Kelly, Chris Roche and Elisabeth Jackson, Abt Governance and Development Working Paper Series, No 7.
  • “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Complex Contexts: Three Facility Case Studies”, By Tara Davda and Lavinia Tyrrel, Abt Governance and Development Working Paper Series, No 6.
  • “Thinking and Working Politically in large, multi-sector Facilities: lessons to date”, By Graham Teskey and Lavinia Tyrrel. Abt Governance and Development Working Paper Series No 2, 2017
  • “Reflections on Implementing Politically-Informed, Searching Programs: Lessons for Aid Practitioners and Policy makers”, William Cole, Debra Ladner, Lavinia Tyrrel and Mark Koenig. The Asia Foundation. Working Politically in Practice Series, No 5, 2016.
Lavinia Tyrrel