Laurie is the Chief Executive of CARE International UK. CARE is one of the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian and poverty charities, working in 100 countries around the world, responding to emergencies and supporting women’s economic empowerment. He previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to reduce poverty and improve health around the world. Prior to 2008, Laurie was a senior civil servant in the UK Government, mainly in the Department for International Development (DFID), in which his last position was Deputy Director and Head of the International Trade Department. From 2004 to 2006 Laurie served as Deputy Director and Foreign Policy Adviser on Africa to the UK Prime Minister, helping to negotiate some of the key Gleneagles agreements on debt, aid and HIV and AIDS reached during the UK’s presidency of the G8 in 2005.