Tamsyn Barton

Tamsyn Barton

Contributor, SDGs Contributor

Tamsyn Barton was Bond’s chief executive 2017-2018. She has had a long and varied career in international development, beginning in the early 90s with a year of voluntary work in South India. She spent 13 years working for ODA/DFID, starting as a social development adviser, initially focusing on water and sanitation projects in India, and later on a variety of policy and management roles in London. Between her stints in India and London (1998-2001), she was head of technology at ITDG (later Practical Action). In 2010 she moved to the European Investment Bank (EIB) as director-general, responsible for lending operations outside the EU and candidate countries, during which time she brought in a results framework and got the EIB signed up to the International Aid Transparency Initiative, both key demands of CONCORD and its members. From 2014-16, she represented the EIB on the Board of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Before her development career, Tamsyn spent a period in academia. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge, was a recipient of a number of scholarships, and her publications include an award-winning book on the history of astrology in the ancient world. She is currently a trustee of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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