Suma Chakrabarti is the Permanent Secretary of the Department of International Development. His qualifications are as follows: New College, Oxford (BA PPE); and Sussex University (MA Econ).
His relevant experience to the work of the Department is as follows:
ODI fellow and economist, Government of Botswana, 1981-84;
Senior economic assistant and economic adviser, overseas development administration (ODA), 1984-88;
Assistant to UK executive director, IMF and World Bank, Washington 1988-1990;
Private Secretary to right hon. Lynda Chalker, ODA, 1990-92;
Assistant secretary, Aid Policy and Resources Department, ODA, 1992-96;
Environment, Transport and Regions Team, Spending Directorate, HM Treasury, 1996-98;
Director, Budget and Public Finances, HM Treasury, 1998;
Director of Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, 1998-2000;
Head of Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, Cabinet Office, 2000-01; and
Director General for Regional Programmes, DFID, 2001-02.
The accounting officer is a role that the Permanent Secretary combines with his personal responsibility for the overall organisation, management and staffing of the department and for department-wide procedures in financial and other matters. The accounting officer is assisted in the discharge of these duties by suitably qualified and experienced senior managers such as the finance director.