David Watson

David Watson

Head of Public Affairs and Comms
David is ODI’s Head of Public Affairs. David manages the events, media and public affairs team. He supports the Executive Director and research teams on external engagement, including advising on maximising research impact, stakeholder management and strategic convening. David was previously Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Economics, Finance and Inequality team, where he advised on strategy and external engagement, and was the relationship manager for the Gates Foundation.

Prior to joining ODI, David worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on EU policy and engagement, including negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals, and in Ethiopia on Financing for Development. He has ten years of experience working for the UK civil service, including directly supporting government Ministers in private office, representing the UK as a diplomat in Brussels, and developing policy on tackling climate change. David has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London.

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