One of the world’s leading thinkers
on international development

Kevin Watkins"Creating a Future for the World’s Children"


Kevin Watkins

Chief Executive,
Save the Children UK

Kevin Watkins joined Save the Children in September 2016 as Chief Executive, after spending three years as Executive Director of the influential UK think tank Overseas Development Institute. He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics.

Prior to this, his 30 year career has spanned the prestigious Brookings Institution in Washington, the United Nations and Oxfam. During a seven year spell in the United Nations from 2003, he was lead author of ground-breaking reports on education, global poverty and climate change. In particular, he was director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.

Before joining the UN, he worked for 13 years at Oxfam, playing a leading role in the major campaigns on debt relief, aid, trade and education.

Of his current role, he says “While there have been major gains over the past 15 years, we live in a world witnessing unprecedented levels of violence against children trapped in conflict, and millions of children are denied opportunities for education. We cannot turn our backs on these children. And we cannot ignore the failures of protection that leave so many children living in fear, or the inequalities that destroy so much potential.“