Myles Wickstead CBE

Acting Chief Executive

Myles is the Acting Chief Executive of Wilton Park, a position he took up at the beginning of April 2017. He has had a long career in the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Myles has inter alia been Head of DFID’s European Community and Food Aid Department and Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa, responsible for British Government development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper ‘Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington; and was British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. He was from early 2004 to late 2005 Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA). The Commission’s Report ‘Our Common Interest’ formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa.

Having left Government service in late 2005, Myles is now Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. He is Non-Executive Director at ‘Development Initiatives’ and on the Advisory Board of IPE Africa. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park; Honorary Vice-President of VSO; and is on the Boards of a number of other NGOs, Trusts and Foundations. His book ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’ was published by Oxford University Press in June 2015.

Myles has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on international development and Africa. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.