Director General, Country Programmes, Department for International Development
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Lindy Cameron was born in Northern Ireland. She has a BA in Modern History from Oxford, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in the US, and studied at the UK Defence Academy.
Lindy started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. She has worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) since 1998. She started out as a Governance specialist in Nigeria, Vietnam and the Balkans, and then became Head of DFID’s country offices in Iraq (2004-5) and Afghanistan (2006-7).
She was seconded to the UK Cabinet Office (covering Africa, Trade, Development and International Institutions) and Foreign Office (as Head of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team and NATO Senior Civilian for Regional Command South West) before returning to DFID in early September 2011 as Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department. She was then Director of the Stabilisation Unit until February 2014 when she became Director Middle East, Humanitarian and Conflict. She is now the Director General for Country Programmes.