Changing of the guard — key leadership changes in the past year

These are the leaders the aid community will be seeing more of in 2020. Photo by: Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

A number of key development institutions named or announced new leaders in 2019. We’ve compiled some of the biggest and most controversial ones.

This included two new development bank executives, both of whom ran unchallenged for the positions; two high-profile women who took over the leadership of embattled U.N. organizations; and one senior ministerial post that has been vacated thrice in the course of the year — and remains empty for now. Read the rest of the visual story here.


Vince Chadwick, Catherine Cheney, Michael Igoe, Sara Jerving, and Adva Saldinger contributed reporting to this article.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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