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CGD Europe board of Trustees

CGD Europe works under the leadership of Owen Barder, supervised by its board of Trustees who oversee and are responsible for CGD Europe’s activities. CGD Europe held its first board meeting on 2th February 2014. Subsequent face to face meetings took place on 11th November 2015 and 10th November 2016. Please use the following links to see the Minutes and the Agenda.

CGD Europe Board of Trustees

Masood Ahmed
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.

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.

Amanda Glassman
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.

Prior to joining CGD, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015 and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion. From 2005-2007, Glassman was deputy director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at Brookings and carried out policy research on aid effectiveness and domestic financing issues in the health sector in low-income countries. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Glassman designed, supervised and evaluated health and social protection loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow at the US Agency for International Development. Glassman holds a MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University, has published on a wide range of health and social protection finance and policy topics, and is editor and coauthor of the books Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health (Center for Global Development 2016), From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010), and The Health of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (World Bank 2001).

Sue Owen



Sue Owen became Permanent Secretary for the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 October 2013. 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. In her current role Sue is Permanent Secretary of the Government Equality Office, which oversees government policies on equalities and implements legislation on same sex marriage. She is 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
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.