Vel has spent nearly 20 years working on international policy. He is currently director at the Larry Ellison Foundation and was previously the Chief Financial Officer at the Department for International Development. He has also worked at the Foreign Office, Cabinet Office and Treasury including various roles overseas, most recently in Tanzania. Vel has extensive experience of strategic finance, grant-making and programme delivery.

Vel has degrees in Economics and International Relations. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two young sons, and is passionate about early childhood development.