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Elizabeth Smith

Head of Health Institutional Capacity Strengthening


Elizabeth (Dinny) is Head of Health Institutional Capacity Strengthening at the Institute, prior to which she served as Senior Covid-19 Advisor. Previously, she led on developing the Institute’s education offer in Sub-Saharan Africa, including through embedded support to the Government of Sierra Leone.

Elizabeth started her career in the UK Civil Service, where she held a number of policy and large-scale delivery project roles, mainly in the education and health sectors. Since then she has advised governments across a number of countries for the Africa Governance Initiative – AGI – including supporting AGI’s work on Ebola in Liberia as Advisor to Minister Tolbert Nyenswah and both the National Incident Management System and Presidential Advisory Committee on Ebola. Elizabeth went on to be AGI's Head of Learning and Evaluation and then AGI’s final and outgoing CEO. Outside of her work in sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth has also worked in South Asia, leading the technical assistance element of DFID’s second largest education programme, in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan.