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Mark Lowcock was the Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development between 9 June 2011 and 7 July 2017.
Mark began his career in DFID (formerly the Overseas Development Administration) in 1985 and occupied the following roles:
Private Secretary to Baroness Chalker, Minister for Overseas Development from 1992 to 1994
Deputy Head and latterly Head of the DFID Regional Office for Central Africa (based in Harare) from 1994 to 1997
Head of European Union Department from 1997 to 1999, before returning to Africa as Head of the DFID Regional Office for East Africa (based in Nairobi)
Director, Finance and Corporate Performance, from 2001 to 2003 and Director General, Corporate Performance and Knowledge Sharing from 2003 to 2006
Director General, Policy and International from 2006 to 2008 and Director General, Country Programmes from 2008 to 2011
Mark is active on Twitter: @DFID_Mark
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