Clarissa Lehne is the Country Engagement Partner Engagement Manager for the NDC Partnership Support Unit and is based in London. In her role, Clarissa works to deepen the Support Unit’s engagement with implementing and development partners across all stages of the Country Engagement process to mobilize more coordinated technical and financial assistance in response to country needs. Clarissa also manages technical assistance funds from several development partners, supports coordinated engagement with selected partner-led initiatives; and helps build best practices for partner engagement within the Country Engagement team.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Clarissa worked for UNHCR in operations in Central America, East and West Africa, and the Middle East. Clarissa also worked as a research specialist at New York University in Abu Dhabi, in which role she supported several political science research projects in India. Clarissa has an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA Hons from New York University, where she majored in International Relations.

Clarissa is originally from Austria and—true to stereotypes—has only one degree of separation from the von Trapp Family Singers.