Head of DFID Pakistan

Joanna Reid CBE, BVMS, MBA, MSc, MRCVS


Joanna has been Head of DFID Pakistan since December 2015 and manages DFID’s largest bilateral programme there. She was formerly Head of DFID Sudan where she managed DFID’s humanitarian and development programmes in a challenging political environment. She was previously Head of DFID Somalia where the UK’s engagement scaled up significantly over the period following transition, including opening an Embassy in Mogadishu. Before that, Joanna was Head of DFID Yemen.

Joanna’s early career was in Health Service Management in the National Health Service in Scotland, and latterly she was Director of Corporate Development at a medium-sized general hospital.

Head of DFID Pakistan

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Head of DFID Somalia

    • 2012 to 2014