Laurence has worked in a number of developing countries as a consultant, advisor, and bureaucrat. In these roles, he has supported governments in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on a variety of economic and institutional reforms, and has led efforts in the delivery and receipt of foreign aid.
From 2005 to 2007 Laurence served as a senior economist (and ODI fellow) in the Department of National Planning in Papua New Guinea. Based in the Department’s policy and research division, he contributed to efforts to strengthen the government’s public investment management, including the coordination of foreign aid. Previously, he was a consultant at Adam Smith International, where he led the delivery of donor and government funded projects in the developing world, specializing in issues of public finance and public sector reform. His work included advising the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, on the country’s energy sector and debt reforms. He has also worked as a speechwriter for former President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn.
Laurence graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, with a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and MSc in Development Economics.