Mark Henstridge has joined OPM as Chief Economist. He will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the firm’s work in development economics, and for leading OPM’s expanding Extractive Industries portfolio. Previously, he was Deputy- and then Acting-Executive Director of DFID’s International Growth Centre (2010 – 2012) – a collaboration between the London School of Economics and Oxford University that aims to deliver policy advice on growth through 10 country programmes supported by cutting-edge research across 10 major research themes. From 2001 to 2010, Mark was with BP, initially as Head of Macroeconomics and latterly as Director of Group Economics. Prior to that, he spent four years with the IMF (1997-2001), working in the African Department on Mali, Niger, Senegal and Nigeria, and in the Fiscal Affairs Department, with a focus on the fiscal issues of Egypt. He also spent eight years working on the Ugandan economy (1988-1996), originally as an ODI fellow in the Ministry of Planning, then as a DPhil student in Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of African Economies, and subsequently as Macroeconomic Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Finance. Mark has a DPhil from Oxford University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BSc from Bristol University.