MA Globalization and Development – Institute of Development Studies (IDS); BS Business and Economic Administration
I am a highly motivated, analytical, team-player and goal-oriented development professional with many years’ experience. I have contributed to the implementation of development projects and strategy in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. My experience includes programme design, policy, research, strategy and business development. I am also experienced in the private sector as I have worked for IBM in business operations and consulting roles, and also advising Telefónica Movistar on the development of new mobile services.
Since March 2019 I also work as Relationship Manager for the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme (CASA), which 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. 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; leading Oxfam’s work on the use of ICTs for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care); 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.
The vision of the CASA programme is increased global investment in agribusinesses which trade with smallholders in equitable commercial relationships, increasing smallholders’ incomes and climate resilience.
Start: 01/05/19 -End: 31/05/24