Alan Winters, 62, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), marking his service at the Department for International Development (DfID). The married father of three was the department’s chief economist until last year.
He has been a professor of economics at Sussex since 1999 and, before joining DfID, was the director of the development research group at the World Bank.
Sussex University vice-chancellor Professor Michael Farthing said: “This is a fitting recognition of the distinguished contribution which Professor Winters has made to the field of international trade and development economics, and his important recent work with the Department for International Development.”
Two members of the Sussex University council were also honoured today.
Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, became a CBE. She has been running the mental health trust since it was set up six years ago and is a Sussex University graduate.
She was the subject of a tribute in the House of Commons on Thursday from Sir Peter Bottomley, the Conservative MP for Worthing West.
Fellow university council member Mike Fuhr, director of major projects at the Department for Transport (DfT), was also made a CBE.
Mr Fuhr, who joined the university’s council three years ago, has been leading the DfT’s planning for the Olympic Games. He has previously been involved in Crossrail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link on behalf of the department.
There was another Sussex University connection in the honours list today as Conservative MP Tony Baldry, 61, who studied law at the Falmer campus, was knighted.
He was elected MP for Banbury in 1983 and served as a government minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He was knighted for public and political service.
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