Devex honors 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in London

From the coffee shops in fashionable Farringdon to the busy halls in high-octane Westminster, the BA line at Heathrow to platform 3 at Paddington Station, it’s obvious: A new generation of leaders is shaping the way we look at aid and development.

London has long been the base of a vibrant community of development think-tankers, politicians, advocates and nonprofit folk — as well as one of the most generous bilateral donors, the U.K. government.

Now, at a time when cash-strapped aid groups face increasing public scrutiny, these aid reformers and social entrepreneurs are showing us how to achieve value for money, partner, impact invest and make that online campaign go viral.

Devex, the world’s largest community of aid and development professionals, is honoring these young leaders in the U.K. capital as the 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in London.

“The awardees comprise key international development leaders who are helping to transform the global development agenda – and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of millions around the world,” said Devex President Raj Kumar. 

 The 40 individuals honored today were chosen by an independent selection committee in an initiative supported by GRM International and founding sponsor Chevron. They are invited to a reception hosted by The Milken Institute Monday (Oct. 17).

Here are the Devex London 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in London:

  • Rushanara Ali, member of Parliament and shadow minister for international development

  • Rob Bailey, senior research fellow on energy, environment & resource governance at the Royal Institute of International Affairs

  • Rachael Barber, head of global community investment at Barclays Corporate Affairs

  • Laure Blanchard-Brunac, principal banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

  • Jasmine Burnley, global economic crisis advisor to Oxfam GB

  • Karin Christiansen, managing director of Publish What You Fund

  • Brendan Cox, director of policy and advocacy at Save the Children UK

  • Jo Cox, former director of the Maternal Mortality Campaign and head of policy and advocacy at Oxfam GB

  • Alex Evans, non-resident fellow and head of the program on resource scarcity, climate change and multilateralism at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation

  • Sally Faiz, global portfolio manager at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

  • Liz Ford, deputy editor of global development at The Guardian

  • Jonathan Glennie, research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute’s Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure

  • Zac Goldsmith MP, member of Parliament

  • Jesse Griffiths, coordinator of the Bretton Woods Project

  • Kate Gross, CEO of the Africa Governance Initiative

  • Peter Guest, UK business editor for The Huffington Post

  • Louise James, Europe lead for Accenture Development Partnerships

  • Nik Kafka, founder and managing director of Teach a Man to Fish UK

  • Henriette Kolb, CEO of The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

  • Christine Kolbe, governance, security and justice team manager at Coffey International Development

  • Anja Langenbucher, European government relations and public policy lead for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Richard Leftley, president & CEO of MicroEnsure

  • Eric Levine, CEO of Restless Development

  • Alexander McLean, founder and director general of the African Prisons Project

  • Clare Melford, CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum

  • Ben Mellor, head of the Iraq inquiry team at the UK Department for International Development

  • Matthew Mitro, founder & chairman of Indego Africa

  • Rosemary Nuamah, senior policy officer for The Elders

  • Truman Packard, lead economist at the World Bank

  • Kathy Peach, head of external affairs, VSO

  • Tom Rippin, founder and CEO, On Purpose

  • Joel Roxburgh, head of sustainability, Vodafone

  • Bernadette Sexton, practice leader of the public administration and governance division, Maxwell Stamp

  • Matthew Smith, principal advisor, KPMG

  • Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, interim director, The Commonwealth Foundation

  • Andy Sumner, research fellow, Institute of Development Studies

  • Andy Wales, head of sustainable development, SABMiller

  • Peter Williams, founder and executive director, ARCHIVE

  • Ned Wills, director, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

  • Charlotte Wolff, corporate responsibility manager, ArcelorMittal

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  • Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.