Head of Communications
Annie Dare joined the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as Head of Communications in April 2023. She led the launch of ICIMOD’s global advocacy campaign #SaveOurSnow in May 2023 and the publication of ICIMOD’s Water, Ice, Society and Ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya report in June 2023. She represented ICIMOD at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Dubai in November, including presenting during a segment on Cryosphere, Mountains, and Adaptation on Earth Information Day.
Annie was previously based in the UK, working as Communications Consultant to Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the fundraising secretariat for the UK’s 15 largest humanitarian organizations, whose member charities include the Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children and Islamic Relief. At DEC she worked on the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal (2021), the Pakistan Floods Appeal (2022) as well as the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal (2022). The latter set a new world record for the most money raised by an online campaign in one week and raised £420M overall.
Annie has also advised City Bridge Foundation, the City of London Corporation’s grant-giving arm, worked with global youth climate network and Billon Acts awardee Re-Earth Initiative to campaign for a step-change in the governance, and speed and scale of city-led carbon removal, and in 2022-23 was an organiser and spokesperson for UK nature access group Right to Roam’s campaign to restore the right to wild-camp in the UK national park, Dartmoor. This ‘Stars Are For Everyone’ campaign in January 2023 sparked the largest access protest in the UK in a century, secured widespread national and global media coverage, and led to a decision to overturn the ban on wild-camping in the UK Royal Courts of Justice in the summer of 2023.
From 2009-2012 Annie served as Special Advisor to the UK tech entrepreneur, philanthropist and member of the House of Lords, Martha Lane Fox, when Lane Fox spearheaded a revolution in digital processes and services within the UK Government. Annie has continued to champion better use of digital tools and approaches for social and environmental change, notably through the prestigious Founders Forum network, through work for the UK tech-for-good funder Nominet Trust and via the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology, whose Catalyst network she helped form, resource and launch.
She previously worked as a print journalist, including as a sub-editor for the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, and as a copywriter – for clients including the London office of elite advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy.
Throughout her career, she has set out to build the networks, resources and opportunities of those furthest from power, notably through the foundation of the global participatory development organisation PhotoVoice, Lane Fox’s Manifesto for a Networked Nation programme of work and UK prison leavers charity, Switchback – whose “Flip the Script” campaign she co-developed. The campaign’s Time & Again podcast won gold at the UK Podcast Awards in 2023.