Dr Philip Goodwin has been Chief Executive of VSO International since March 2015. VSO is one of the world’s leading international development organisations that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality.
Between 2010 and 2015, Philip was Chief Executive of TREE AID International, an international NGO that unlocks the potential of trees to tackle poverty and protect the environment in dryland Africa. As part of that role he led the start-up of a social enterprise, TREE AID Enterprises Ltd.
Philip previously spent 11 years with British Council where in his last role he was in charge of Global Programmes. For five years, he was Regional Director for British Council’s sub-Saharan and East and West African operations based in Nairobi, Kenya as well as holding leadership positions for British Council in Belgium, Pakistan and Uganda.
Before joining British Council, Philip was a researcher on poverty issues at the Overseas Development Institute, a community development worker in Timbuktu, Mali and before that, a professional musician. Philip has a PhD and MSc in environmental policy and a degree in agricultural economics.
Philip is co-author with Tony Page of the leadership book “From Hippos to Gazelles: How Leaders Create Leaders”.