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, and before that he was based in the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Between 1997 and 2000 he was Senior Country Programme Advisor for UNAIDS, establishing and leading the office in New Delhi. Gordon was Deputy Director for Programmes for UNICEF in India between 1993 and 1997, having worked with UNICEF in the PDR Yemen, Vietnam, and Afghanistan after joining UNICEF as a UN Volunteer in 1973. 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. His undergraduate degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford.

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 a longitudinal, multi-level study of children’s welfare 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 (CUP, 2001); editor of Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: Studies in Youth, Class, Work and Media (Routledge, 2013); joint editor of India and the British Empire (OUP, Clarendon 2012) and The Persistence of Poverty in India (in press). Her current research is concerned with social and political transformation in contemporary India, and covers work, labour and workplace culture; youth and poverty; education and skill training; enterprise culture; the media; religion and spirituality; and urban politics.

Professor Heather Joshi

Heather Joshi is an economic demographer and former Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. She was also the Director of the Millennium Cohort Study for the 10 years since the study started in 2000. This multidisciplinary study follows 19,000 children and their families in the UK. Her research interests and publications focus on the exploitation of longitudinal data to study topics such as gender, family formation, health inequalities area effects, and child development. She is President of the international Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies.

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. For further information please visit her website at

Ingrid Srinath

Ingrid Srinath is Executive Director of ChildLine, India. From 2008 to 2012 she served as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global network of civil society organisations, and previously 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 Plan International report Because I Am A Girl (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011); Speaking Out: Case Studies on How Poor People Influence Decision-making (Oxfam/Practical Action 2009), and The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights (New Internationalist 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 has published widely on the MDGs. 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 on loan to the World Bank. His last position was as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Pakistan. He left the UN in late 2008 and is now an independent researcher, writer and lecturer. He holds a PhD in Development Economics and is a regular speaker at international conferences and universities. He is member of various advisory groups, including to the UN Secretary-General and the Dutch State Secretary for development cooperation.

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.

Bronagh Carr (ex officio)

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

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