About the event

As the U.K. renegotiates its place in the world post-Brexit, the future of U.K. aid is more uncertain than ever. The government has insisted it is committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on aid — but how that money is spent is up for negotiation. From ongoing questions about whether the Department for International Development will exist by the end of the year, to how the government's integrated defence and foreign policy review might impact aid spending, and the role of development in the Global Britain agenda, Devex is hosting a conference call to highlight expert insights into current events and what the future might hold for U.K. aid.

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The Speakers


Jessica Abrahams

Deputy News Editor
Jessica Abrahams is Devex's Deputy News Editor. Based in London, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on Europe & Africa. She has previously worked as a writer, researcher and editor for Prospect magazine, The Telegraph and Bloomberg News, among other outlets. She holds graduate degrees in journalism from City University London and in international relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals.

Ian Mitchell

Senior Policy Fellow
Center for Global Development
Ian Mitchell is a senior policy fellow and co-director of the European development effectiveness programme at the Center for Global Development. Based in London, he leads research on government performance on development policy — considering both the effectiveness of aid and wider policies on trade, migration, environment, and security. He is also an associate fellow at Chatham House and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Trina Helderman

Senior Health &
Nutrition Advisor,
Global Emergency Response Team and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Trina Helderman, MD, MPH, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, completed a fellowship in international emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and received her Master’s Degree in Forced Migration and Health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Helderman served with, led, or supported medical teams responding to sudden-onset disasters including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, and the Mosul Offensive in Iraq. She has led outbreak responses for kala-azar, cholera, measles, meningitis, and Hepatitis E in the complex humanitarian emergency in South Sudan; was medical coordinator with oversight for the Ebola Treatment Center during the outbreak in Sierra Leone; and has worked in public health projects in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Ghana, and Kenya. Dr. Helderman currently deploys and supports new onset emergency responses, and provides technical oversight for the ongoing Medair Ebola Response in DRC. In the past month, she has been the focal point for COVID-19 readiness within Medair.

Leslie Koo

Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Paul Burford

Branch Chief
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
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