Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Austria
Beyond the limits.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was founded in 1971 in France by a group of doctors and journalists in the wake of war and famine in Biafra. Their aim was to establish an independent organisation that focuses on delivering emergency medicine aid quickly, effectively and impartially.
Laura Leyser has over ten years of international experience in complex crisis situations. After working as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, her focus was primarily on development cooperation, for example in Mozambique and Nepal, where she managed development projects for the Austrian Development Agency and the British Ministry for International Development DFID (Department for International Development).During the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 she also supported emergency measures in the disaster area. Laura Leyser was most recently Deputy Head of the Department for Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption at DFID in London, before moving back to Vienna to become General Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors without Borders Austria in November 2018.Laura Leyser holds Masters degrees in Development Management, International Development and Social and Cultural Anthropology.