|Susanna Moorehead, previously British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti and UK Permanent Representative to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, was appointed Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in late 2018. Ms Moorehead took up her functions as Chair on 18 February 2019, replacing outgoing DAC Chair Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, who was appointed United Nations Assistant Secretary-General serving as Deputy Executive Director of Partnerships at the UN Children’s Fund.
Over a 30-year career in international diplomacy and development, Ms Moorehead has worked as Director of West and Southern Africa at the UK Department for International Development, served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank and directed field-based famine and rehabilitation programmes in rural Mali for Save the Children.
During her ambassadorial posting in Addis Ababa, from January 2016, Ms Moorehead worked closely with the Ethiopian government to support reform.
“Ms Moorehead brings the DAC a wealth of experience in international development that ranges from high-level political strategizing to overseeing hard work on the ground in low-income rural villages,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “I am confident that Ms Moorehead will be a valuable leader of the DAC at this crucial time for international co-operation to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.”