I am currently working for CABI as Private Sector Engagement Manager. My work involves: Developing and managing CABI's Private Sector Engagement and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) strategy and portfolio. Researching, establishing and managing new partnerships with private sector companies both at the corporate and program levels. Conceptualizing and implementing strategies and work processes to significantly grow CABI’s Private Sector Engagement portfolio globally, as well as increasing CABI's country member base. I also work as Relationship Manager for DFID's Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA), which is a 5-year and £30 million programme financed by the UK Department for International Development. My role within the programme is to identify key stakeholders (investors, donors and lead firms among others), bottlenecks and opportunities to generate new evidence needed (from high quality research) to substantially increase the amount of investment available for agribusinesses and smallholder farmers across Africa and Asia.
Previously, I worked for Oxfam as Private Sector Adviser (Livelihoods, Women Empowerment and ICTs). My work involved: leading Oxfam's participation in mNutrition, including management of a 5-member team; leading Oxfam's work on the use of ICTs for Women's Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care), including design, implementation and analysis of a Randomised Control Trial; developing innovative and strategic projects and programs that use ICTs to deliver information and financial services to smallholder farmers; establishing and managing new partnerships with private sector companies across the ICT and agriculture sectors; and developing strategy around private sector engagement.
Areas of Expertise: Private Sector Engagement, Public Private Partnerships, Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Food & Livelihoods, Knowledge Exchange and Extension Services, Inclusive Market Development and Women Empowerment on Care Work.
I am a development economist by training. I graduated in Business and Economic Administration and hold a Masters degree in Globalisation and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).