Mr Myles Wickstead

Myles has a long history of involvement with international development and Africa.  He was Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa from 1993-97; coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington from 1997 to 2000; and from 2000 to 2004 was based in Addis Ababa as British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union.  He was in 2004/2005 Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa. His book ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’ was published by OUP in June 2015.

Myles is currently Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and an international relations consultant.  He is on the Boards of a number of NGOs and Foundations, including the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of the FCO, where he was also Acting Chief Executive in 2017.  He has been a Specialist Advisor to the Parliamentary International Development Committee.  He has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on Africa and development. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.   

Of his association with SSI Myles adds "I am delighted to be associated with the Exeter Strategy and Security Institute.  I am enormously impressed by the quality both of its courses and the students it manages to attract, and am pleased to be able to contribute to the inter-disciplinary framework within which security issues must be considered".