Jane’s background is in UK public service and international development, mainly in the health sector. She was a civil servant in the Department for International Development (DFID) - and then the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) - until 2021, most recently as Director for East and Central Africa. Before that, she worked in Uganda, Pakistan and Bangladesh and as Head of Human Development in DFID’s Policy Division. She has represented the UK government on international health bodies, with a particular focus on health systems, sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition, and malaria. Before DFID, Jane worked in health research in the UK and the Gambia for the Medical Research Council, and for the NHS and the London School of Tropical Medicine. She has a BA in Biochemistry and an MSc in Demography.