Director of Knowledge & Quality
Start date with DI: February 2009
Where I am based: Oxford/Bristol
What I do: I direct Development Initiatives’ (DI) research and analysis to ensure we consistently produce quality, high impact products that maintain our international reputation for independent, objective information for eradicating poverty. I lead strategic thinking on developing analytical capacity across themes of poverty, finance and policy, so that DI’s core programmes and consultancy remains relevant to decision making and accountability. I am also a specialist advisor to the UK House of Common’s International Development Committee (IDC).
Previous experience: Prior to joining DI, I worked with UNDP’s Human Development Report Office contributing to their global reports. I have over 15 years’ experience in development policy and advocacy, and have undertaken a wide range of academic and consultancy work in South Asia and Africa in areas such as development and humanitarian finance, institutional development, climate adaptation, labour migration, livelihoods, growth linkages and environmental resource management. I have a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia and a BA in Egyptology from Cambridge University.