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Mary Lagaay

Mary Lagaay joined Itad in March 2017 as a consultant in the health theme. She brings over six years national and international experience in research, monitoring and evaluation, with a specific focus on issues related to children and young people.

Prior to joining Itad, Mary was a researcher at Plan International, where she was responsible for the design, implementation and management of global research projects related to children’s rights. Recent topics include youth employment, ebola, birth registration, child marriage, disability, gender and inclusion. She supported Plan International to produce and utilise practical evidence to inform programme design and strategic decision making. Her work has a particular focus on qualitative and participatory techniques, gender-sensitive research, child-friendly research methods and ethically sound research practice.

Mary holds an MSc in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics where she received in-depth training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Her final dissertation focused on maternal drug and alcohol misuse and UK child protection proceedings.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), French (Basic)
Country Experience:

Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, United Kingdom


MSc Social Policy (Distinction)
London School of Economics
BA History (2.1)
University of Exeter


2017 - Ongoing
Itad Ltd

2013 - 2017
Plan International

2012 - 2013
Policy and Parliamentary Officer
National Children’s Bureau

2009 - 2011
Project Administrator
Oasis Project


  • Ebola: Beyond the health emergency (2015)
    Plan International
    Rothe, D., Gallinetti, J., Lagaay, M., Campbell, L.

  • Birth registration and children’s rights: A complex story (2014)
    Plan International
    Apland, A., Blitz, B., Hamilton, C., Lagaay, M., Lakshman, R., Yarrow, L.

  • Time to listen: Independent advocacy within the child protection process (2013)
    National Children’s Bureau
    Lagaay, M. & Courtney, L.