Michael Anderson CB is an international development professional with a background in law, business, academia, and government. From 2013 to 2016 he was CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, a UK philanthropy focused on the well-being of children in Africa and South Asia.
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 focusing on more transparency in taxation and corporate ownership. 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 on the High-Level Panel on the Future of the DAC, the UN Commission for Life-Saving Commodities, the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group, and as co-chair of the DAC-UNDP-WB working group on fragile states.
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, a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Lecturer at SOAS. 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 is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Board member for the Global Innovation Fund, and Chair of the Open Society Foundations Fiscal Governance Advisory Board.