With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com

Alex Thier has been appointed executive director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. He will take up his role in early 2017.

Thier joins ODI from Triple Helix, a US-based consultancy firm that he founded to increase access to off-grid, renewable energy in Africa and Asia. 

James Cameron, chair of the ODI board, said: “ has managed some of the world’s largest development programmes and led think tank initiatives on critical issues, including genocide prevention and confronting the problems of failed states. He joins ODI at a time of great challenge and great opportunity in the global effort to end extreme poverty and deliver sustainable development for all.”

Thier, who began his career as a humanitarian aid worker with the UN and Oxfam, has held senior leadership roles at the US Agency for International Development and also held leadership positions in the UN, Stanford University and several NGOs.

“I am very proud and excited to be joining ODI,” says Thier. “Given the worldwide movement to end extreme poverty and leave no one behind and the challenges we face… ODI’s mission and global reach is more important than ever. I look forward to...

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