My work has been focused primarily in, India, Kenya, Senegal, Indonesia, USA , Australia and Armenia. My current role with World Vision International is to lead a global team of advisers, specializing in economic, agricultural and small business development, markets systems and financial services to provide expertise and support to World Vision staff in over 40 countries . I am based in the Philippines.
Previously with World Vision International I was Economic Development Learning Hub Lead for the Middle East and Eastern Europe and for World Vision Australia, I founded and lead the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Unit (SEED), a team of economic development specialists creating and supporting innovative initiatives in poor communities from Africa to the Asia Pacific from Senegal to Timor Leste.
My primary experience includes the design and development of projects that include:
- Community mobilization and development initiatives
- The evaluation of local economic opportunities and competitive advantage
- Youth workforce development, vocational education and training and skill development.
- Small business and entrepreneurship development
- Markets development particularly value chain development
- The utilisation of financial services particularly microfinance and savings groups
My core competencies are in:
- Project design, implementation and evaluation and trouble shooting in local economic development
- Facilitation and management of partnerships with public, private and government stakeholders
- Training needs assessments and the design and delivery of training in local economic development methodologies
- Staff mentoring
- Negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation system design, training or service delivery
I have worked in thirty countries with most time spent in India, Kenya, Indonesia, USA , Australia and Armenia. My current role with World Vision International is as a Livelihoods Advisory based in Manila. Before this I spent 4 years based in Armenia leading an economic development learning hub for 10 countries across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. I spent 8 years with World Vision Australia where I founded and lead the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Unit (SEED), a team of economic development specialists,to establish and support innovative initiatives in poor communities from Africa to the Asia Pacific, Senegal to Timor Leste..
I believe the reason people are poor is that they do not have enough money and our challenge is to help instill hope and a genuine sense of self-belief, starting with those of us who somehow work in development.
I was the founder and CEO of Diversity@work Australia Inc, a social enterprise developing innovative models, strategies and educational programs to strengthen companies through diversity and inclusion. I hold a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Masters of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University in Melbourne, post-graduate studies in Not for Profit Management at Georgetown University and Negotiation and Conflict Management at Latrobe University Melbourne. I was the Carey Medal winner for 2007 for exceptional and outstanding service to the community. So it goes
Published Books: 'Postcards - What am I doing here' (2016) which is a collection of my blogs along with selected photographs, and Stores from the Road - Ten stories for workers in international development (2016)
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