Michael Anderson is formerly the CEO of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, a UK philanthropy focused on the well-being of children in Africa and South Asia. Until July 2013, Anderson was director general of policy and global programs at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and from July 2012 to September 2013 he was the prime minister’s special envoy for the UN Development Goals. He was also the UK development sherpa during the UK’s 2013 G8 Presidency, and helped put natural resource governance, fiscal transparency, and tax/illicit financial flows at the top of the G8 agenda.
Prior to becoming director general, Anderson managed DFID’s programs for India, the Middle East, and the rule of law. Before joining DFID, Anderson was the director of studies at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2000, he cofounded Bazian Ltd., a company that specializes in statistical products for evidence-based medicine. Anderson holds degrees in political science, social anthropology, and law from the universities of London, Oxford, and Washington. He was awarded the President’s Medal at the University of Washington and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.