DfE Director of Analysis and Chief Scientific Adviser

Osama Rahman


Osama Rahman was appointed as the Department for Education’s Director of Analysis and Chief Scientific Adviser in April 2018.


  • is a member of the Government Economic Service Board
  • is a member of the Chief Scientific Advisers Network
  • co-chairs the Departmental Directors of Analysis Network
  • represents the government’s directors of analysis at the Analysis Function Board

Before joining the Department for Education, Osama spent 14 and a half years at the Ministry of Justice including the Department for Constitutional Affairs before the creation of the MoJ. His most recent role was Director for Analytical Services and Chief Scientific Adviser for 3 and a half years. Prior to that he was Chief Economist for 8 and a half years.

He worked at the Civil Aviation Authority for a year on airports regulation, having spent 10 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in economics at various UK universities.

DfE Director of Analysis and Chief Scientific Adviser

The Director of Analysis and Chief Scientific Adviser is responsible for:

  • the provision of analytical and scientific advice to ministers and senior officials, ensuring that the department’s policies and decisions are informed by the best analytical and scientific evidence
  • leading the department’s analytical and scientific community
  • working with the wider networks of directors of analysis, Government Economic Service board members, and chief scientific advisers to address cross-departmental issues
  • leading on the department’s relationship with external researchers and scientists

Department for Education

Previous roles in government

  1. MOJ Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2017 to 2018