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Distinguished Fellows

Established in 2017, ODI’s Distinguished Fellowship is a prestigious programme for global leaders whose work has an international impact.

Our Distinguished Fellows cover a range of backgrounds, geographies and areas of expertise. Building on their own careers and experiences, they work in partnership with our senior leadership and research teams to deliver impact across international development and global affairs.

  • Zainab Bangura

    Distinguished Fellow

    Zainab Bangura is a relentless advocate for conflict resolution and reconciliation and the protection of men and women who face sexual violence during times of war and conflict. She is an internationally recognised diplomat and champion for democratisation, the political empowerment of women and human rights. Her bravery has led her to confront the powerful, give hope to the powerless and make the international community take notice.

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    Portrait of Zainab Bangura
  • David Donoghue

    Distinguished Fellow

    Ambassador David Donoghue was involved for many years in the Northern Ireland peace process, and was one of the Irish Government’s negotiators for the ground-breaking Good Friday Agreement.

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  • Lilianne Ploumen

    Distinguished Fellow

    Lilianne Ploumen is MP of the Labour Party (PvdA) in the Netherlands, and served as Chair of PvdA from 2007-2012. From 2012-2017 she was Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte-Asscher government.

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    Portrait of Lilianne Ploumen
  • Arkebe Oqubay

    Distinguished Fellow

    Arkebe Oqubay is a Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has been at the centre of policymaking in Ethiopia for over 25 years and is a former mayor of its capital, Addis Ababa.

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    Portrait of Arkebe Oqubay
  • Stefano Manservisi

    Distinguished Fellow

    Stefano Manservisi has had a long and distinguished career as a senior political adviser and civil servant within the institutions of the European Union. Throughout his career he has worked across diverse policy portfolios, but his focus has always been on the EU’s place in the world – particularly in relation to development policy, Africa, migration and security.

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    Portrait of Stefano Manservisi