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CGD Europe Board of Trustees

CGD Europe is a company limited by guarantee which is registered in England and Wales with company number 08871642 and a charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales with number 1157318. CGD Europe is supervised by its board of Trustees who oversee and are responsible for CGD Europe’s activities.

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President, Center for Global Development,

Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development. He joined the Center in January 2017, capping a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the IMF, World Bank, and DFID.

Ahmed joined CGD from the IMF, where he served for eight years as director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, earning praise from Managing Director Christine Lagarde as a "visionary leader." In that role, he oversaw the Fund's operations in 32 countries, and managed relationships with key national and regional policy makers and stakeholders. In previous years, he also served as the IMF's director of External Relations, and deputy director of the Policy Development and Review Department.

From 2003-2006, Ahmed served as director general, Policy and International at the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID). In that role, he was responsible for advising UK ministers on development issues and overseeing the UK's relationship with international development institutions such as the World Bank.

Ahmed also worked at the World Bank from 1979-2000 in various managerial and economist positions, rising to become Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. In that role he led the HIPC (heavily indebted poor countries) debt relief initiative, which has to-date brought relief from debt burdens to 36 of the world's poorest nations. 

Born and raised in Pakistan, Ahmed moved to London in 1971 to study at the LSE where he obtained a BSc Honors as well as an MSc Econ with distinction. He is a UK national.

Ahmed is a leading expert on Middle East economics, having served on the Advisory Board of the LSE Middle East Center, as well as on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa. He has also participated in CGD's Advisory Board.

He took over as CGD president from Nancy Birdsall, who served as the Center's founding president for its first 15 years from 2001 and will stay at the Center as a senior fellow.

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Shaila Khan Leekha

Shaila Khan Leekha spent 17 years in the private and public sectors, including investment banking in NY and infrastructure investing at the IFC and GE Capital, followed by a senior role at DfID. There, she oversaw £2.5bn of the UK's aid budget, devising and achieving strategic outcomes in negotiations for the World Bank (WB) and CDC, DfIDs £5bn balance sheet PE fund. She led CDC’s Board, and managed 80+ staff with 7 direct reports including UK board members at the WB and EBRD.  Together with HM Treasury, she also helped devise and negotiate returnable capital instruments for some of DfIDs private sector investments. 

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John Lipsky

Most recently, was first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund; previously held positions of vice chairman of JPMorgan Investment Bank, chief economist at JPMorgan Chase, chief economist and director of research at Chase Manhattan Bank, and chief economist and, previously, director of the European Economic and Market Analysis Group in London, at Salomon Brothers; early in career, spent 10 years at the International Monetary Fund, helping manage the fund’s exchange rate surveillance procedure, analyzing developments in international capital markets, participating in negotiations with several member countries and serving as the fund’s resident representative in Chile; currently is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy; is the Vice Chair of both the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Global Development, serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); is a Director of the American Council on Germany, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; PhD, economics, Stanford University

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Sue Owen

Dame Sue Owen was Permanent Secretary for the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (formerly known as Department for Culture, Media and Sport; DCMS) from October 2013 until April 2019. She chaired the Charity for Civil Servants. 

In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion. She has championed diversity and inclusion throughout her career; as an academic working on women's lower lifetime earnings; working on parental leave at No10; as disability champion at HM Treasury, researching women's progress to the senior civil service since 2008, as LGB&T Champion in DFID and DWP. As Permanent Secretary for DCMS, Sue was Permanent Secretary of the Government Equality Office, which oversees government policies on equalities and implements legislation on same sex marriage. She was a straight ally for all LGB&T civil servants.

Career highlights include: Director General, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2013; Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009; Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005; Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002; Adviser on family policy, No10 Policy Unit, 1998-99; Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998; Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995; Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-99. 

Ellen Mackenzie photoEllen Mackenzie
Chief Financial Officer, Center for Global Development,

Ellen Mackenzie is chief financial officer and director for operations at the Center for global Development. Mackenzie directs all of the organization’s administrative, accounting, budgeting, human resource, and information technology efforts. Before joining CGD in 2007, Mackenzie was the director of finance and operations at the Global Fund for Children. She has more than 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations.

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Stephen Brooker

Prior to 1990 Stephen Brooker was a partner in Ernst & Young, leading a unit in the management consultancy division. He trained as a Chartered Accountant in the London office of Arthur Young after reading Economics at Cambridge. Stephen went back to Emmanuel College, Cambridge as Bursar and Fellow in 1992 where he was responsible for unifying all the non-academic administration and for implementing full budgeting and management accounting systems. He was active at this time on the executive committee of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group, to which he had been elected while at the British Red Cross Society as their Finance Director. He has also played a full role within the Cambridge Bursars’ Committee.

Brooker then embarked on a portfolio career which has seen him involved in many charities at home and abroad as an adviser, executive and trustee. As well as a number of part-time executive posts in the private sector, Stephen retained his links with the University of Cambridge by serving on their Audit Committee for several terms, over 11 years. He was a non-executive director of East & North Herts NHS Trust for over 10 years, chairing their Audit Committee throughout that time and serving as vice chairman for his last year in post. From 2004 to 2010 Brooker served as the first independent Chair of The Audit Committee of the Law Society.

He currently serves as the independent member of the House of Commons Audit Committee, is a Director of the London Pensions Fund Authority (chairing their Audit Committee and also serving on the Remuneration and Risk Committees), is Chairman of the charity/not-for-profit practice at Russam GMS Ltd, an interim management provider, and represents them on the board of Trustees Unlimited, a joint venture with NCVO and City lawyers Bates Wells and Braithwaite, a development which he initiated. He recently retired from his role as the independent member of the Audit Committee of the Woodard Foundation, but retains his links with the education world by continuing to serve as independent Chair of the Audit Committee of the Woodard Academies Trust.

Brooker is a trustee, and also Treasurer and Vice Chairman, of the British Council for Prevention of Blindness, a founding trustee of the Honorary Treasurers' Forum, a trustee of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust and the Yellow Car Charitable Trust among other interests; he is active as a Past Master on the Court of his City Livery Company (the Glovers), chairing all three of their charities and serves in his local church as a Lay Minister.