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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