International development in a contested world: Unpacking Britain’s White Paper

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18 April at 12:45 14:15 BST

Our Whitehall Briefings connect Whitehall officials and other key stakeholders for discussions on a range of topical geopolitical, geoeconomic and geostrategic issues, as well as domestic issues associated with the UK’s leadership on the global stage. A prominent Whitehall official discusses their knowledge and expertise before invited guests engage in discussion and offer valuable input and ideas.

The Whitehall Briefings take place once a month at the In and Out Naval and Military Club. Events are by invitation only and take place strictly off the record.

Keynote speaker

Annabel Gerry

Director, Development Engagement, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Annabel Gerry is Director of Development Engagement at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). She was the lead for the United Kingdom’s International Development White Paper, published in November 2023. With over 25 years experience in international development, she has held roles as country director for FCDO/Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan, Zimbabwe and South Africa. She previously led DFID’s policy on governance and gender.  Before going into development, Annabel worked as a solicitor in the City of London. Annabel holds professional/postgraduate qualifications in law, international development, agriculture, security and strategy.

Honorary chair

Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE

Honorary Chair, Geostrategy Forum

Dr Carl Hunter OBE is Chairman of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a high-exporting advanced manufacturer. He is also: Chairman of the British Exporters Association; Director-General of the Durham Institute of Research, Development and Invention; Director of the Centre of Underwater Acoustic Analysis; Professor-in-Practice at Durham University Business School; Visiting Fellow of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre; and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.


In and Out Naval and Military Club

4 St James’s Square
London,SW1Y 4JUUnited Kingdom
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