Benjamin Kumpf

Head of Development Innovation

Benjamin Kumpf is the Head of Development Innovation at the OECD. Prior to this engagement, he worked as Head of Innovation at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and as the Innovation Facility Lead of the United Nations Development Programme. He manages flexible funds to support experimentation, exploration and the scaling-up of development innovations and works on strategies, programmes and policy design at the intersection of digital technologies, innovation and global development.

Ben’s past experience includes work with UN Volunteers, with the German Agency for International Cooperation, the International Agricultural Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, Jordan, Nepal and Rwanda. He worked for multiple years as journalist on development and humanitarian topics and is currently a member of advisory boards of several humanitarian and development bodies.