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Michael Anderson

Non-Resident Fellow


law, political science


Michael Anderson CB serves on the Global Innovation Fund, the Power of Nutrition (chair), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and the OSF Fiscal Governance Programme Board (chair).  An international development professional with a background in law, business, academia, and government, he was CEO of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation from 2013 to March 2016. 

He was previously the Special Envoy for Prime Minister Cameron on the UN Development Goals, and the UK policy lead on development issues leading up to the UK-hosted G8 summit in June 2013.  He served in the UK Department for International Development for twelve years, where he was Director General of Policy and Global Programmes after leading programmes in the India, Middle East, on conflict prevention, and the rule of law.   He has previously served as a Commissioner on the UN Commission for Life-Saving Commodities, a member of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group, and co-chair of the DAC-UNDP-WB Joint Learning and Advisory Group on Difficult Partnerships.  

Before joining DFID, he was the Director of Studies at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a policy think tank and training centre, and a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  In 2000, he cofounded Bazian Ltd., a company that specializes in statistical products for evidence-based medicine.  From 1988 to 2002 he worked with a series of law firms providing advice on cross-border litigation, international disputes, human rights, trade law, and environmental law.  Mr. Anderson holds degrees in political science, social anthropology, and law from the universities of London, Oxford, and Washington. He was awarded the President's Medal at the University of Washington and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.  

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