Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs

Nick Dyer

Biography

The Foreign Secretary appointed Nick Dyer as the UK’s first Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs on 2 September 2020.

Nick Dyer was the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development (DFID) from March until August 2020. Before taking on that role, Nick was the Director General for Economic Development and International. His previous positions within DFID including:

  • Interim Permanent Secretary (2017 to 2018)
  • Director General for Policy and Global Programmes (2013 to 2017)
  • Director of Policy Division (2009 to 2013)
  • Head of DFID Malawi (2006 to 2009)
  • Head European Union Department (2002 to 2006)

Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs

Special representatives use their expertise to develop a greater coherent effort in making sure that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office can work closely and effectively with foreign powers.

The Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs will work in partnership with other donors, United Nations agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and foundations to help prevent catastrophic famine.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • Acting Permanent Secretary
  • Director General, Policy and Global Programmes
  • Director General, Economic Development and International
  • Permanent Secretary
  • Director General, Policy and Global Programmes