The board is delighted that we have a
new Executive Director in Alex Their, who comes from the US, who brings experience
of the application of research to public policy and to public policy-making, and to
negotiations where in the past he’s had a significant role to play in
negotiating the settlement of peace in very difficult parts of the world like
Afghanistan. We know that Alex is a wonderful communicator, that he has the
capacity to communicate ODI’s ideas and the great resource of its staff to
the world at large, and we want to make sure that we are engaged in the debates
that matter: so that we take the quality of the research and the deep understanding
of how the real world works here and apply that knowledge and understanding
and insight to contemporary political debates.