Head of DFID Nigeria

Ben Mellor


Ben Mellor has worked in development for nearly 20 years working across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe; and in London and Washington.

At the outset of his career, he worked on maximising the contribution of the private sector to development outcomes: working with major chemical companies on the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depletion (1994-95), leading the DFID India effort on urban development, water and sanitation and enterprise development (1997-2001), representing the UK on the Board of the International Finance Corporation (2001-2003), and heading the DFID Business Alliances Team (2003-2007).

Most recently he has mainly worked in or on fragile and conflict affected states – as Head of the DFID Offices in Sudan (2011-13) and DR Congo (2009), in London covering DRC, Sudan and Somalia among other East and Central African countries (2007-2009), and Iraq (2009-10). In 2010, He was asked to work on a review of the DFID bilateral aid programme for the new coalition government. He is currently, Head of the DFID Nigeria office, a position he assumed since October 2013.

Through his career he has had the opportunity to break new, innovative ground: be it developing a new industry standard for transparency in the oil and gas sector (the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative); or re-calibrating the Department to a much stronger focus on results and value for money and ensuring that DFID plays its full role in delivering HMG strategies across the globe.

Head of DFID Nigeria

The head of a DFID country office has overall responsibility for the running of the office and its programmes.

Previous roles in government

  1. Head of DFID Sudan

    • 2011 to 2014