Webinar: The role of an independent UK in international development - a cross-sector perspective

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As a newly independent international actor, the UK enters 2021 with a unique opportunity to redefine our position as a leader on the world stage. The Whitehall & Industry Group is delighted to host Moazzam Malik, Director General for Africa, to share insights into the priorities for his team at the recently formed FCDO, as they work to reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with international partners. He will be joined by a panel of senior stakeholders across the sectors, to discuss the wider role of the UK in the complex sphere of international development.


  • Moazzam Malik

    Director General, Africa

    Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    Moazzam Malik is Director General, Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). He was previously Director General, Country Programmes for the Department for International Development, overseeing the UK’s bilateral development partnerships around the world and was the Senior Responsible Officer for all UK government policy on Africa. Prior to that, from 2014 to 2019, he was British Ambassador to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Moazzam was an Acting Director General in the UK Department for International Development. He oversaw the UK’s engagement in the Middle East, Western Asia and led the UK relationship with multilateral organisations. From 2010 to 2013, Moazzam was DFID Director for Western Asia and Stabilisation. He led some 300 staff with a budget of around US$750 million working across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan; regional programmes spanning Central and South Asia; and the UK’s Stabilisation Unit which works on conflict and insecurity issues. From 2006 to 2010, Moazzam was DFID Director for UN, Conflict and Humanitarian issues, managing the UK’s relationship with the UN development system, multilateral reform, major humanitarian operations, and policy work on conflict and security issues. In both roles, Moazzam played an active role in senior management bodies in DFID and top level policy fora in Whitehall and internationally. Earlier in his DFID career, Moazzam led work on the 2006 UK White Paper on international development ‘Making Governance Work for the Poor’. Between 2003 and 2005, Moazzam was Principal Private Secretary to Baroness Valerie Amos and then the Right Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development. As Principal Private Secretary, Moazzam worked with Ministers and colleagues on a wide range of international issues, including the G8 ‘Make Poverty History’ Summit at Gleneagles. He has also managed DFID programmes in Pakistan, Iraq and on trade policy. Prior to moving to Jakarta, Moazzam sat on the Advisory Board to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict, was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on the Central Emergency Revolving Fund, served as an OECD DAC Peer Reviewer for Sweden, and a trustee of Goodweave UK, an NGO working to eradicate child labour from the South Asian rug industry. Outside government, Moazzam has worked as a consultant economist advising large UK corporate clients and the World Bank amongst others; a researcher at the London School of Economics and the Overseas Development Institute; an adviser on monetary and foreign exchange policy in the Central Bank of Uganda; and run a production engineering business and an urban regeneration NGO based in London. Moazzam is a graduate of the London School of Economics, holds a Masters degree from Oxford University, and a Chartered Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the ACCA.

  • Dr Danny Sriskandarajah


    Oxfam GB

    Dr Danny Sriskandarajah joined Oxfam GB as chief executive in January 2019 from CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance of which he was Secretary General for six years. Prior to that he was Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance.

  • Kate Ewart-Biggs OBE

    Interim Chief Executive

    British Council

    Kate joined the British Council after working for organisations helping to improve life for street children around the world. Her British Council career has included postings as Country Director in Uganda and Tanzania. She has also worked in Central and Eastern Europe, and in Egypt. As Regional Head covering the Middle East and North Africa, she helped develop the British Council’s response to the political change in North Africa. The focus of this work was to offer young people education, skills and opportunities to help them participate in reshaping their societies. Prior to being named Interim Chief Executive Officer, Kate was Director Global Network – giving British Council staff overseas the backing of a strong support network of colleagues at home. She was also responsible for managing strategic relationships with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other Whitehall partners, ensuring the British Council remains central to the UK government’s Global Britain agenda. Each of Kate’s roles has allowed her to support the British Council’s purpose – to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. As Interim Chief Executive Kate’s aim is to maintain focus on the big picture in the 100+ countries where the British Council operates, without losing sight of the smaller – human – scale at which all cultural relations activity works.

  • Matthew Chadwick

    Head of Socio-Economic Development and Partnerships

    Anglo American

    Matthew is Head of Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Partnerships at Anglo American based in London.  He is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s socio-economic development programmes and projects, and the partnerships that support their design and implementation. There has been a strategic repositioning of Anglo American SED strategy from one that was characterized by individual actions, often linked to infrastructure development to one emphasizing Anglo Americans responsibility and role in collaborating and facilitating in cross-sector partnership investments and implementation, as part of a shared purpose and vision. Such collaborations are actively underway in several provinces in South Africa and Peru, is building momentum in regions in Brazil, and are just being established in Colombia, Chile and Botswana as well as their new mine in North Yorkshire.    Prior to joining Anglo American Matthew was Head of Sustainability for Anglo American Platinum, the world’s largest platinum group metals producer. It was whilst in the role undertaking work on regional development opportunities the approach to Collaborative Regional Development was established. Mathew moved into the mining sector after a decade with the global policy think-tank the Stockholm Environment Institute where he co-led the Rethinking Development research theme of the Institute. He was instrumental in establishing the institute’s Asia Centre in Bangkok where he was Centre Director for three years.  Whilst there he established the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) an initiative for research and policy engagement bringing together research partners working on sustainable development in the countries of the Mekong Region.



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