International Advisory Board

Gordon Alexander (Chair)

Gordon Alexander is a consultant on social and economic policy. Until December 2013 he was Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research based in Florence. Before that he was based in the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He previously worked for UNAIDS in New Delhi, and for many years with UNICEF in India, Yemen, Vietnam and Afghanistan. He undertook graduate studies in international economics at Geneva University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was the first non-medical student to take the Masters in Community Health in Developing Countries.

Professor Paul Glewwe

Paul Glewwe is a Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and was previously Senior Economist in the Policy Research Department at the World Bank. His major research interests are in the areas of economic development, empirical microeconomics, applied econometrics, and the economics of education. Current research projects include the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a longitudinal, multi-level study in rural China.

Nandini Gooptu

Nandini Gooptu is Head of the Oxford Department of International Development and Fellow of St Antony's College. She teaches history and politics at the Department of International Development, the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and Department of Politics, University of Oxford. Educated in Calcutta and at Cambridge, and trained as a social historian, she is the author of The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early-Twentieth Century India (2001); editor of Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: Studies in Youth, Class, Work and Media (2013); joint editor of India and the British Empire (2012) and The Persistence of Poverty in India (2014). Her current research is concerned with social and political transformation in contemporary India.

Professor Angela Little

Angela Little is Professor Emerita and was Professor of Education and International Development for 24 years at the Institute of Education, University of London. Between 2006 and 2011, she directed the work of the IoE team in the Consortium for Research on Educational Access and Transitions in Education (CREATE). She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences of the UK, and has served as the President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE), as co-Director of the International Centre for Research on Assessment at the IoE, and as Commissioner for the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. 

Ingrid Srinath

Ingrid Srinath is Chief Executive of Hivos India Advisory Services. Previously she was Executive Director of Childline India. From 2008 to 2012 she served as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global network of civil society organisations, and before that was Chief Executive of India’s leading child rights advocacy organisation, Child Rights and You. Ingrid serves on the board of the international NGO Accountability Charter, UNDP’s CSO Advisory Committee, and the World Economic Forum NGO Advisory Group, and represents civil society in diverse fora including the UN, the World Bank, the IMF as well as national and regional networks and events. She holds a BA from Elphinstone College, Mumbai and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

Nikki van der Gaag

Nikki van der Gaag is an independent writer and consultant based in the UK who has held senior editorial and communications posts with Oxfam, the New Internationalist, and Panos. She specialises in writing about gender, refugees and poverty. She also carries out evaluations and other work on communications for development, including for DFID, the MenEngage Alliance, Plan International, the Single Parent Action Network, Trialog, and the Women’s Budget Group. Her books include The State of the World's Fathers Report (2015) and Feminism and Men (2014), the Plan International report Because I Am A Girl (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011) and  The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights (2008).

Jan Vandemoortele

Jan Vandemoortele was Director of the Poverty Group at UNDP in New York from 2001-05, during which time he was the co-architect of the Millennium Development Goals. He served in various other capacities with the United Nations for over 30 years, both at headquarters and in the field – with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and seconded to the World Bank. His last position was as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Pakistan. He  is now an independent researcher, writer and lecturer, and is member of various advisory groups, including to the UN Secretary-General. He holds a PhD in Development Economics and is a regular speaker at international conferences and universities.

Jo Boyden, Director, Young Lives (ex officio)

Jo Boyden's research has mainly focused on children and childhood poverty – particularly in bringing together academics, practitioners and policymakers to develop models and methods which respond to the needs of children, their families and their communities. Before joining Young Lives, Jo was Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She has also worked as consultant on children’s issues to many NGOs and international organisations. She has a PhD in Anthropology and a BSc in Social Anthropology from the University of London.

Zaza Curran (ex officio)

Zaza Curran is Social Development Adviser in the Research and Evidence Division of DFID.

Rachel Hinton (ex officio)

Rachel Hinton is Senior Education Advisor in the Research and Evidence Division of DFID.

Bronagh Carr (ex officio)

Bronagh Carr is Development Specialist in the Policy, Planning and Effectiveness Section of Irish Aid.

Steven Chapman (ex officio)

Steven Chapman is Director for Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation.



We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.