Distinguished Fellows

Established in 2017, ODI’s Distinguished Fellowship is a prestigious programme for global leaders whose work has an international impact.

Our Distinguished Fellows cover a range of backgrounds, geographies and areas of expertise. Building on their own careers and experiences, they work in partnership with our senior leadership and research teams to deliver impact across international development and global affairs.

To find out more, please email our Public Affairs Manager Dan Sharp. 

Zainab Bangura

Zainab Bangura is a relentless advocate for conflict resolution and reconciliation and the protection of men and women who face sexual violence during times of war and conflict.

She is an internationally recognised diplomat and champion for democratisation, the political empowerment of women and human rights.

Her bravery has led her to confront the powerful, give hope to the powerless and make the international community take notice.

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Ambassador David Donoghue

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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Stefano Manservisi

Stefano Manservisi has had a distinguished career as a senior political adviser and civil servant within the institutions of the European Union. His focus has been on the EU’s place in the world – particularly in relation to development policy, Africa, migration and security.

Stefano has twice served as the European Commission’s Director-General for Development, where he led efforts to reshape EU development policy, deliver the Millennium Development Goals and work towards realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also served as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs.

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Arkebe Oqubay

Arkebe Oqubay is a Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has been at the centre of policy-making in Ethiopia for over 25 years and is a former mayor of its capital, Addis Ababa.

His research, which has been widely published, focuses on: structural transformation; technological learning and catch-up; industrial policy; sustainability and urban transformation; China-Africa ties; and emerging and developing economies, with a special interest in Africa.

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Lilianne Ploumen

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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