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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Staff

We are an independent think tank with more than 200 staff, including researchers, communicators, and specialist support staff. View staff by programmes on the right-hand side or by name in the Search Centre box above. Our senior management team is listed below, followed by a list of our Heads of Programmes.

Kevin Watkins
Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Staff - Executive Director
Kevin Watkins joined ODI as Executive Director in June 2013. He is a former nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and was previously director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report. His research focuses on education, globalization and human development.
Andrew Norton
Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton

Staff - Director of Research

Andrew Norton is ODI’s Director of Research. A social anthropologist by training, Andrew carried out his doctoral fieldwork in a farming community in Mali, and has since worked extensively on issues of poverty, vulnerability, social protection, citizen participation, political economy analysis, aid effectiveness, natural resource management and social policy.

Fraser Winterbottom
Fraser Winterbottom

Fraser Winterbottom

Staff - Director of Strategic Operations
Fraser joined ODI In May 2012 having moved into the not for profit sector in 2006 and as COO recently leading a transformation of Energy Saving Trust to become a charitable group. He brings varied commercial experience in IT, Finance, Sales and Services including periods as a Director of Whitbread Beer/Restaurants companies and founding /directing an outsourced shared services business from India.
Anna Locke
Anna Locke

Anna Locke

Staff - Head of Programme - Agricultural Development and Policy

Anna is Head of the Agricultural Development and Policy Programme (formerly PLAG). She joined ODI in July 2011 after having worked for 19 years in development, 12 of which were based in Mozambique.

Edward Hedger
Edward Hedger

Edward Hedger

Staff - Head of Programme - Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure

Edward Hedger is Head of the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He specialises in budgeting and public expenditure management reform issues in developing countries and fragile states.

Tom Mitchell
Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Staff - Head of Programme - Climate and Environment

Tom Mitchell is ODI’s Head of Climate Change. A geographer by training, Tom carried out his doctoral fieldwork on disaster risk management in the Caribbean and has since worked extensively on issues related to the governance and poverty-dimensions of disaster risk and adaptation to climate change. Tom has served as a co-ordinating lead author of the IPCC and is currently a lead author on the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

Claire Melamed
Claire Melamed

Claire Melamed

Staff - Head of Programme - Growth, Poverty and Inequality

Claire Melamed is the Head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI.

Sara Pantuliano
Sara Pantuliano

Sara Pantuliano

Staff - Head of HPG - Humanitarian Policy Group
Sara is a political scientist with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. She has written extensively on Sudan and South Sudan and is a recognised public speaker and media commentator on humanitarian issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters.
Dirk Willem te Velde
Dirk Willem te Velde

Dirk Willem te Velde

Staff - Head of Programme - International Economic Development Group

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is the head of the International Economic Development Group. He is currently leading the European Report on Development 2014 on Financing and other Means of Implementation in a post-2015 world (having previously led ERD2012), is research leader of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, and advises the UK House of Common Inquiry into the future of the development inquiry.

Marta Foresti
Marta Foresti

Marta Foresti

Staff - Head of Programme - Politics and Governance

Marta leads the Politics and Governance programme. Her interests include the political economy of development as well as conflict and fragility. She has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation

John Young
John Young

John Young

Staff - Head of the Research and Policy in Development Programme - Research and Policy in Development
John heads up the RAPID Programme focusing on research, advisory and public affairs work on the interface between research and policy.
Caroline Harper
Caroline Harper

Caroline Harper

Staff - Head of Programme - Social Development

Caroline Harper has a PhD in Social Anthropology and is currently associate director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and programme leader, social development, gender and generations.

Rachel Slater
Rachel Slater

Rachel Slater

Staff - Research Fellow and Head of Programme - Social Protection
Rachel specialises in social protection, food security and rural and agricultural development. She has particular expertise in sub Saharan Africa (especially Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia) and South Asia.
Roger Calow
Roger Calow

Roger Calow

Staff - Head of Programme - Water Policy
Roger Calow is Head of the Water Policy Programme and an Honorary Research Associate at British Geological Survey.