Meet the team

Who we are:

The Development Hub brings together an international multidisciplinary team of experts to deliver its core workstreams.

Dr Nompilo Ndlovu, Senior Associate

Nompilo leads our work on intersectional feminism and marginalisation.

She is an oral historian and gender expert. Nompilo has led projects across Africa for a range of research organisations and international development organisations. This work has included conducting poverty and social analyses, project and programme design, impact assessments and evaluations. For more on Nompilo.

Prof Kate Bird, Director

Kate is founder and Director of The Development Hub. She is Professor of Practice at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Surrey; Senior Associate at ODI and Associate with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network.

Kate applies an intersectional lens to her work on gender, poverty escapes and resilience, bottom-up growth and decolonisation. For more on Kate.

Ajoy Datta, Senior Associate

Ajoy leads The Development Hub’s work on organisational change and leadership development where he combines approaches drawing on psychodynamics, systems and complexity.

Ajoy also brings to the team his expertise around policy advocacy and influencing. He informs, designs and evaluates work to influence policy and practice drawing on studies of the policy process, political economy approaches and outcome mapping. For more on Ajoy.


Claudia Calvert, Advisor

Claudia advises The Development Hub across a range of themes, including gender and marginalisation, decolonisation and business ethics.

She holds a Bachelor of International Studies (Development) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.

Her research interests are at the intersection of coloniality, gender and human rights. Her masters dissertation employed decolonial feminist methodology to explore the performativity of human rights and carceral nature of mandatory immigration detention in the context of Australia. For more on Claudia.

Alba Murcia, Consultant

Alba coordinates the Development Hub’s podcast ‘The Power Shift: Decolonising Development’. She supports our work on intersectional feminism and decolonisation. Additionally, inputting into our marketing and media engagement work.

Alba holds a Bachelor of International Relations from King’s College London and a Masters of Science in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation analysed territorio cuerpo-tierra in the context of Latin American indigenous feminisms.

Her research interests include decolonial feminism and resistance in Latin America, sexual and reproductive health and rights and LGBTQ+ rights. For more on Alba.