The School of International Studies is pleased to invite you to a public talk given by Michael Walker, Lead Policy Adviser in the Department for International Development (DFID) China, British Embassy Beijing. Please note that the second hour of the talk will be a questions and answers session with enrolled students on career development.
About the talks
This public talk will consider some of the big development challenges over the next 15 years and why global cooperation will be more important than ever if these challenges are to be handled successfully. Setting the right global framework for the next 15 years can make a big difference to the effectiveness of international collaboration. This talk will consider three important forms of cooperation between countries, which are relevant to the achievement of the new framework of development goals and will outline how DFID is working in each of these areas.
A reflection of the speed of China’s enormous development success is that there are few countries to which DFID has provided development assistance resources for a shorter period of time. And we have been delighted to move towards a different phase of collaboration with China – working together to help other countries make progress too. This second part of the talk will outline the work of DFID China and provide an insight into careers in development.
Michael Walker holds a MEng degree in Engineering (2005), a post-graduate diploma in Russian Language and Business (2006) and is a qualified secondary school teacher (2010). Michael spent his early career in project management with Shell in Russia. In total, studying and working, Michael spent nearly five years overseas in Russia, a similar amount of time in the UK and now six months in China. Michael has worked in DFID’s Research and Evidence Division, Policy Division, the cross-Whitehall Trade Policy Unit, Secretary of State’s private office and has visited India, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Ethiopia to support DFID project work. Michael is now lead policy adviser in DFID China, where he leads on a range of programme, policy and corporate work across the office. Michael covers a range of non-sector specific policy areas related to global governance such as G20 and Post-2015.