Laurence Desvignes has a Bachelor degree in agronomy and development, a Master degree in agriculture and a Master Degree in International Relations and European Politics. She has 20 years' experience in 20 war-affected countries where she worked both in development and emergency situations. She worked with various NGOs as an agronomist initially and with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a coordinator, then general manager of mine action programs worldwide. In 2005 she arrived in Haiti as the regional office manager for ICRC in northern Haiti. Currently, she is
the Programme Manager of OXFAM for the North and North-East departments in Haiti.