Head of DFID India

Gavin McGillivray


Gavin has been head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Office in India since June 2017.

Gavin was previously head of DFID’s office in Burma since June 2013 and before that was based in DFID’s London office where he headed DFID’s Private Sector Department, Global Funds and Development Finance Institutions Department and International Financial Institutions Department. He was the UK Director on the Boards of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) (2007-09) and UNITAID (2007-10). From 2003 to 2013, Gavin was responsible for DFID’s oversight of CDC Group plc and PIDG (Private Infrastructure Development Group).

Prior to joining DFID in 2000, Gavin managed long-term agricultural sector development programmes in Bolivia, Honduras, Colombia and the Caribbean. In the middle of these assignments, he spent 8 years in London with the international corporate finance house Campbell Lutyens, of which he was an Executive Director.

Head of DFID India

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 Burma

    • 2013 to 2017