Natasha Dyer is a research and communications for development professional, specialising in the advancement of girls and women in Africa for more than a decade. She attended school in England and received three As at A-Level before completing a BA in Russian and French at the University of Bristol. Natasha taught English in Madagascar and founded a medical scholarship programme in Madagascar during her undergraduate studies.
After starting a career in corporate communications in Prague, Natasha worked in South Africa at the Kay Mason Foundation in Cape Town and its sister environmental project, Lulutho, in the Eastern Cape. She returned to the UK to complete an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (with distinction) at the University of London’s SOAS.
Natasha worked at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and at DHA Communications in London where her clients included the World Wildlife Fund, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, as well as several educational, UK government-funded programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria. In 2015, she established a consultancy supporting Peace Direct and The Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme at SOAS.
Natasha is currently reading for a PhD in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, examining pan-African women's navigation of xenophobia in South Africa. She is also a visiting researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University.
Natasha has served on the Board of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity helping young people discover their voice through public speaking, debate and education. She is a keen open water swimmer who completed a successful crossing of Robben Island in 2012. In 2016, Natasha swam in relay teams across the English Channel and Lake Geneva and is one of the top ten women ever to have swum around Robben Island.