Experienced, practical, and innovative agricultural economist and chief of party with extensive track record in leading strategic economic growth initiatives, project turnarounds, program revitalization and implementation as well as strategic planning.
Skilled in providing strategic direction, developing creative multi-sector solutions, and delivering project performance and results. For example, in Afghanistan, as Chief of Party of the Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Markeing Program (CHAMP), designed a trade strategy shift, which boosted agricultural export sales by US$194 million in just two years (2018-2019), generating over 100% return on investment of USAID funds.
In addition to Afghanistan, brings over 20 years of chief of party/team leader experience designing, leading, planning, implementing and managing complex, multi-year, multi-million dollar projects focused on private sector engagement, market systems development, integrated value chain/business strenghtening, trade and investment expansion, and other inclusive livelihoods improvement as well as economic growth projects.
Expertise in scaling market linkages and exports, integrating gender, youth, and SMEs in value chains, strengthening commodity value chains using a variety of structured finance models, and developing job generation models to increase employability of women and youth.
Analytical and strategic thinker. Known for ability to conceptualize, establish and manage investment funds grant funds, and credit mechanisms to improve access to finance for SMEs and smallholders in agriculture and natural-resources-based sectors.
As ag-economist with strong M&E skills, experienced in providing technical guidance to M&E teams.
Additionally, brings demonstrated alliance building and organization skills. Successfully coordinated, and collaborated with not only senior host government officials, but also business leaders, donor partners, other local partners and industry stakeholders to broker partnerships leading to achievement of program objectives.
Mission driven, results-focused and client-centered. Fluent in English (US Citizen), basic French. Excellent written, oral communication, and presentation skills.
Trained in conflict sensitivity approaches and the “Do No Harm” principles.
Countries of work experience: Afghanistan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Armenia, Georgia, Haiti, Nicaragua