Dr. Gail Marzetti, the new Head of DFID Nepal, takes office on 28 October 2013. She succeeds Dominic O’Neill.
Gail Marzetti is an Agricultural Economist with a strong background in development, having worked for many years in Brazil and Mozambique. She has worked for DFID since 2000 in a variety of roles including Head of Office, United Nations/DFID representative and most recently as Deputy Director of DFID’s Research and Evidence Division.
According to a press release of DFID-Nepal, Gail has a PhD from the Institute of Development Policy and Management at Manchester University which examines the impact of cash cropping on poverty and food security in post-conflict Mozambique.
Gail will oversee DFID Nepal’s four-year £331 million country program, the largest bilateral program in Nepal.
On arrival, Gail said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to live and work in Nepal for the next few years. The UK has a strong relationship with Nepal, and we have been implementing our four year (2011-2015) country plan, which I am sure is and will make a significant difference to the lives of many poor people in this country. I am looking forward to working with the Government and people of Nepal and all our other partners to make this happen.”