Highly motivated, analytical, team-player and goal-oriented development professional with private sector background. Has contributed to the implementation of development projects and strategy in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia & Latin America. HQ experience includes programme design & implementation, policy, research and strategy.

CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International)
Private Sector Engagement Manager
April 2017 - 
  • 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.

  • Representing CABI externally on issues of Private Sector Engagement and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, including the 7th High Level UN Least Developed Countries Ministerial Conference, UNECE's International Forum on people-first PPPs for the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Development Days.

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Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme
Relationship Manager
 
March 2019 - 

​CASA is a 5-year and £30 million programme financed by the UK Department for International Development. This flagship programme for agricultural investment seeks to promote and create agribusiness models which support equitable benefit for smallholder farmer groups. The programme’s aim is to increase the contribution of farming to economic growth, climate resilience and nutritional health of populations in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Identifying key stakeholders (investors, donors and lead firms among others), bottlenecks and opportunities to generate new evidence (from high quality research) and spaces for stakeholder interaction, to substantially increase the amount of investment available for agribusinesses and smallholder farmers across Africa and Asia.

  • Between July 2019 and January 2020 acted as interim Research Lead for the whole CASA programme. Developing and commissioning an ambitious research to inform the communications and engagement strategy of the programme, while contributing to the wider literature in the field of investments in smallholder farmers and agribusinesses.

Austrian Network for Information and Communication Technologies for Development
Directing Member
 
November 2016 - 
  • Organisational strategy

  • Business development

  • Program advisory

TechnoServe
ICT4D Consultant
 
September 2011 – April 2012 

The objective of this consultancy was to identify key components of successful M-Agri business models with potential impact on poverty reduction:

 

  • Planned a research project for the business model analysis of M-Agri initiatives that target the Bottom of the Pyramid.

  • Categorised and mapped 50 mobile enabled agricultural initiatives both from Africa and Asia based on secondary sources.

  • Ranked the 50 initiatives in terms of their sustainability, scalability, impact, operational status, and partnership model.

  • Conducted an in-depth secondary and primary research of the top ranked initiatives, including field research in Uganda.

  • Identified business model characteristics that contribute to the success, sustainability, and scalability of M-Agri initiatives.

  • Prepared case studies for each of the M-Agri initiatives analyzed in depth.

  • Prepared a final report compiling and summarizing the main findings from the industry and the business models researched.

  • Made recommendations to TechnoServe for the design and implementation of its global ICT4D strategy.

Oxfam GB
Private Sector Adviser (ICTs)
 
September 2012 – October 2016
  • Led Oxfam’s participation in mNutrition (funded by DFID and managed by GSMA), including management of a 5-member team. This 3-year program took place in 13 different countries across SSA and Asia. It aimed to improve nutrition levels of 3 million women and children through mobile based value added services. Read more

  • Led Oxfam's work on ICTs for Women's Economic Empowerment and Care Work (WE-Care), funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Including management of a 4-member team and the design, implementation and analysis of a Randomised Control Trial.  Read more

  • Advised regional and field staff on the promotion of innovation in Oxfam’s livelihoods programs (e.g. reducing the cost of service delivery and increasing beneficiary outreach). Countries advised include Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.  Read more

  • Researched, established and managed new partnerships with private sector companies across the ICT, agriculture and finance sectors to promote a positive effect on increasing food security, social protection, and the development impact of Oxfam’s Economic Justice programming.

  • Developed innovative, insightful and strategic projects and programs that used new technologies to deliver food security and knowledge exchange and extension to smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia.

  • Project managed a consortium between Oxfam, the International Sustainability Unit (HRH the Prince of Wales) and GSMA to conduct a landscape survey on the use of mobile phones for Sustainable Agriculture.

  • Represented Oxfam externally on issues of ICTs for Development, including the British Parliament (Read More), Clarence House and international conferences (Read more)

Institute of Development Studies
Research Assistant
 
March 2011 – May 2011

Project carried out by IDS for the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The main goal of the project was to identify and evaluate the implications of Chinese investment on African development.

Caritas Austria
Project Manager
 
June 2009 – July 2010
  • Monitored and evaluated nine projects carried out by Caritas Armenia and financed by Caritas Tirol.

 

  • Designed a project management tool to standardize project proposal evaluations, project report monitoring, and final report evaluations across programs within Caritas Tirol.

Seva Mandir
Micro Finance & Street Children Programmes
 
September 2008 – April 2009
  • Self Help Groups (SHGs). Microfinance program for the empowerment of 10.000 women.

 

  • Children’s Corner Initiative.  Center for street children in urban slum (ages 4-14).

 

 

IBM
Operations Specialist & IT Consultant
 
October 2005 – February 2008
  • Business Management Operations. Strategy and finance department for Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel and Turkey.

 

  • Development of consistent IT strategies for the maximization of client’s business resiliency and IT security.

Save a Child Trust
Fundraising and Marketing
 
January 2009 – April 2009
  • Created a comprehensive fundraising plan targeted at international donors

 

  • Developed a marketing campaign to increase the outreach of the foundation to South Rajasthan.

Telefónica Movistar
New Products and Services Adviser 
 
September 2005 – June 2008
  • Advised Telefónica Movistar in the testing and evaluation of new mobile services and devices prior to their official launch (i.e.: Mobile TV, M-Payment services).

 

  • Advised Telefónica Movistar on new marketing and image campaigns that targeted young professionals and entrepreneurs.

     

 

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