Distinguished Fellows

Our Distinguished Fellows are global leaders whose work has had international impact. The Distinguished Fellows scheme provides them with an opportunity to work in partnership with ODI’s senior staff and researchers to further extend their influence and global impact.

Distinguished Fellows are actively and visibly associated with ODI and undertake a tailored programme of work in areas of interest to them. As part of the programme Distinguished Fellows will: 

  • Participate in a personally tailored 'week in residence' at ODI
  • Contribute to research development and strategy
  • Write comment pieces associated with ODI’s work
  • Deliver, in their first year, a public lecture or keynote address at ODI
  • Represent ODI at debates, meetings and conferences
  • Speak at ODI and other high-level events around the world

Ambassador David Donoghue has had a long and varied career in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. He was heavily involved in the Northern Ireland peace process and served as Irish Ambassador in multiple countries.

He also led Ireland’s development co-operation programme and was appointed Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York, where he helped push forward key agreements on sustainable development, refugees and migration. 

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Lilianne Ploumen is MP of the Labour Party (PdA) in the Netherlands. She was also the Chair of PvdA for five years, and has served as Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Lilianne initiated the SheDecides movement in response to the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy by the Trump administration.

She has worked for various non-profit organisations and served on several boards.

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