Overseas Development Institute

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Source, unless otherwise specified, is the ODI website.[1]

  • Tony Baldry MP : Conservative MP who chaired the International Development Select Committee from 2001 to 2005.
  • Andrew Barnett: Director of the Policy Practice Limited and an economist with over 25 years of experience in developing countries of both energy and technology policy analysis.
  • Hugh Bayley is a Labour MP and a member of the International Development Select Committee since 2001. He is also a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and chairs the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
  • Jo Beall is Director of the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics. A political sociologist, she is a specialist on development policy, urban governance and social development.
  • Alan Beattie is the World Trade Editor of the Financial Times, leading its coverage of trade policy and economic globalisation and writing on development, aid and poverty. Previously a Bank of England economist.
  • Andrew Bennett is the Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and is also the President of the Tropical Agricultural Association (UK).
  • Malcolm Bruce is a Liberal Democrat MP and is the Chair of the International Development Select Committee. He is also the Chair of Globe UK and the President of Globe International.
  • Dominic Bruynseels is the Chief Executive Officer for Barclays Africa & Middle East. He also holds the role of Executive Director and member of the board of Absa, South Africa's leading retail bank.
  • Tony Colman is a former Labour MP and is Associate Director of the Africa Practice, African Investment Advisory & Africa Venture Capital Association.
  • William Day is a Special Advisor to the UNDP and a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry.
  • Richard Dowden is the Director of the Royal Africa Society. He is a journalist and worked for The Times, and was Africa Editor of the Independent and The Economist.
  • Larry Elliott is the Economics Editor at The Guardian newspaper.
  • Professor Frank Ellis is a Professor in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, and has focused during his career on agricultural policy, agrarian change, rural livelihoods, and, more recently, social protection to overcome chronic vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Professor Diane Elson is a member of the Department of Sociology and the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. She has published widely on gender and development, most recently on gender equality and government budgets. She was a member of the Millennium Project Task Force on MDG3 Promote Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.
  • Ann Grant was British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2000-2005, and joined Standard Chartered Bank as Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered Capital Markets Ltd in June 2005.
  • Lord Holme of Cheltenham CBE is the Chairman of GlobeScan and advises Standard Chartered Bank and BG Group on sustainable development. He is also the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Constitution; the Royal African Society and of LEAD International, and Chancellor of the University of Greenwich.
  • Isobel Hunter is an independent Human Resources consultant with over twenty years HR experience. Her particular focus is on international organisations.
  • Baroness Margaret Jay is the Chair of the Overseas Development Institute. She is also a non-executive director of British Telecom and the Independent Media Group. She has been a Member of the House of Lords since 1992 and was a Minister for Health from 1997 to 1998; a Member of the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords, and Minister for Women from 1998- 2001.
  • Sir Richard Jollywas the Director of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) (1972-81) before joining UNICEF as Deputy Executive Director for Programmes (1982-95). He was the architect of UNDP's Human Development Report for five years. Since 2000, back at IDS, he has been working on a history of the UN's intellectual contributions in the economic and social arena.
  • Richard Laing is the Chief Executive of CDC Group, a leading investor in private equity funds in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Professor Michael Lipton is a Research Professor at the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
  • Professor Anne Mills is Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is Head of the Health Economics and Financing Programme and Head of the Public Health and Policy Department.
  • Baroness Lindsay Northover is the Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on International Development. She has served on the EU Foreign Affairs, International Development and Defence Select Committee and is an officer of the Aid, Debt and Trade All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).
  • Avinash Persaud is Chairman of Intelligence Capital, a Member of Council of the LSE and Royal Economic Society and Co-Chair of the OECD Emerging Markets Network.
  • Salil Shetty is the Director of the Millennium Development Goals Campaign and former Chief Executive of Action Aid.
  • Dr Diane Stone is Marie Curie Chair and Professor of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest . Her permanent appointment is in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick .
  • Tidjane Thiam is the Managing Director of Aviva International. He is also a member of the Commission for Africa, set up to take an independent look at the challenges facing the continent and make recommendations for its future.
  • Lord Adair Turner of Ecchinswell has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He is currently a non executive director of Standard Chartered PLC, Siemens Holdings plc, United Business Media plc, and Paternoster Ltd. and was, until recently, Chair of the UK Pensions Commission. Lord Turner is also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and CASS Business School, City of London and was appointed as an independent cross bench peer in the House of Lords in 2005.
  • Sue Unsworth is a Research Associate with the governance team at the Insitute for Development Studies (IDS). She was formerly Regional Director for Asia and subsequently Chief Governance Adviser at the UK Department for International Development.
  • Stewart Wallis is the Executive Director of nef (the new economics foundation). He spent seven years at the World Bank before joining Oxfam in 1992 as International Director.
  • Bowen Wells is a former Conservative MP and founding Chairman of International Development Select Committee (1997- 2001).
  • Baroness Janet Whitaker is Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Overseas Development (APGOOD) and on Ethiopia, and of the Parliamentary Labour Party International Development Committee. She is currently the Labour Party International Development Liaison Peer.
  • Ngaire Woods is Fellow in Politics and International Relations, Dean of Graduates and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College Oxford .


  1. ODI ODI council, accessed 13 September 2007.