Finally, I’m off and running… or perhaps crawling?
In August 2008 I moved to Addis Ababa with my wife and two small children to become Head of DFID Ethiopia. Many people think of Ethiopia as a dry and dusty country. Parts of it are. But here in Addis, the third highest capital city in the world, it’s actually lush and green. And the altitude – over 8,000 feet above sea level - means that it also gets pretty cold.
Prior to starting in Ethiopia, I ran the Secretary of State’s office in London for two and a half years. Before that I was based in India. All told, I’ve been with DFID since May 1997 when the department was created. In a little over 11 years I’ve done eight different jobs, culminating in my current challenge running DFID's largest programme in Africa. More on that another time.
Coffee and roses? You'll have to wait until my next post...