Laurel Patterson is the Head of the SDG Integration for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Global Policy Network. SDG Integration works with stakeholders across the globe to design, implement, and advance integrated solutions to help them respond to complex development challenges and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Laurel has held several positions at the UNDP including Senior Global Policy Advisor, leading integrated policy development for SDG implementation in fragile and conflict-affected settings, Deputy Director leading on partnerships and UN reform, and several field based positions including Chief of Planning in Somalia.
Before joining UNDP, Laurel was the Associate Director of International Affairs at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she led the university’s international development portfolio, focused on primary education in Africa and Southeast Asia.
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