The Kesho Trust

Lorraine Wapling

Disability ConsultantLorraine Wapling
Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

Lorraine is a freelance international development consultant specializing in the area of social exclusion. Her particular interest is in the situation faced by disabled people in developing countries. Lorraine initially worked as a teacher in London but for the past twenty years has been involved in the overseas development sector.

She worked as a community development advisor for eight years in the East African countries of Uganda and Tanzania but for the past fifteen years has been specifically involved in disability and development. During this time she has run many awareness raising courses and provided advisory support to international NGOs to help improve their capacity to include disabled people in their work. This work has involved traveling extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South -East Asia.  Lorraine also worked with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as a Disability Advisor to the Equity and Rights Team. This work supported important policy-level changes taking place both in the UK and overseas in promotion of the inclusion of marginalized groups in development.

Lorraine has participated extensively as a board member with a number of organizations including as Chair of the British Overseas Network for Development (BOND) Disability and Development working group and the Disability Rights Fund. She writes extensively on issues of disability and is currently undertaking her PhD at University College London.

Outside of work Lorraine enjoys mountain walking, bird-watching, and photography.

Lorraine is profoundly deaf.