Who's who in #globaldev: July 2019 executive appointments

Alok Sharma, new U.K. secretary of state for international development. Photo by: REUTERS / Hannah McKay

UK Department for International Development

The United Kingdom has a new aid chief: Alok Sharma, who formerly served as employment minister at the U.K. Department of Work and Pensions.

Sharma is the third official to lead the U.K. Department for International Development in 2019, after Penny Mordaunt and Rory Stewart. Mordaunt left the post in May after being assigned to take on the role of U.K. Secretary of State for Defense. Stewart was appointed in May, but resigned after Boris Johnson became the new prime minister in late July.

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    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.