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Polly Meeks

Polly Meeks has 15 years’ experience in public finance.

As a consultant, she has led work for UN Women, the Overseas Development Institute, the UN Secretariat [as joint project lead], the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, CBM Global, the European Disability Forum, the Civil Society Financing for Development Group, the Gender and Development Network and the Center for Inclusive Policy. She has also been a joint author on research for Development Initiatives.

Polly previously worked in civil society, as the lead of Eurodad’s policy and advocacy work on Official Development Assistance, and as Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at ADD International. Before moving to civil society, she worked for the UK Parliament International Development Committee, where she led the Committee’s first inquiry on Disability and Development ; and at the UK National Audit Office, where she led the audit of official statistics on fraud and error in the UK social protection system.

Polly’s work spans both disability-specific issues – for example, designing markers to track disability-inclusive spending across UN entities – and broader debates in financing. She is joint coordinator of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities’ work on the UN Financing for Development process.

Polly holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2021.