DFID Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Charlotte Watts


Professor Charlotte Watts was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development in October 2015.

DFID Chief Scientific Adviser

The Chief Scientific Adviser is responsible for:

  • providing or quality assurance of scientific advice to ministers, senior civil servants and government more widely
  • providing leadership and management of DFID’s research budget
  • championing the use of robust evidence, including from research and evaluation, across DFID
  • providing professional leadership to the specialists within DFID
  • working with the wider community of Chief Scientific Advisers to address cross departmental issues

Department for International Development