Laura Gauer Bermudez, Ph.D. – Director of Research and Development
Laura Gauer Bermudez is the Director of Research and Development at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery where she leads the Fund's Prevalence Return on Investment (PROI) strategy. Laura has fifteen years of experience working globally with governments, NGOs, and multilateral institutions focused on the intersections of migration, child protection, gender equality, and economic development. Laura draws upon her years of experience in NGO operations and agency-based research, blending that expertise with academic training in social science research methods. She holds a PhD in Social Work from Columbia University and master's degrees in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.