BA in Geography and Master's in Social Policy, London School of Economics. Started career in 1983 with 5 years in the private sector as a commercial manager. Then spent 5 years living in West Africa first as a community mobilizer on a EU artisanal fisheries project, then as a Field Director for a CSO, and finally as a program manager for the UNDP.
Worked at the World Bank and IMF for 16 years as a senior manager. Recently, worked with Kofi Annan as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel for over 6 years. This was followed by being the Chief Adviser to Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown at the Education Commission.
Currently, the Secretary General of CARE International. Author of many publications and papers.