Phil C.


Colorado School of Mines

United States


Mr. Phil Colgan is renowned as a seasoned results-based manager, a dynamic team leader with 25 years of international development experience including 15 years as Country Director and/or Chief of Party conducted according to state-of-the-art expectations concerning transparency and 'Aid Effectiveness' while at all times ensuring compliance with appropriate legislation in addition to numerous regulatory requirements. Phil is recognized for extremely effective in-country direction and management of rapid start-ups as well as turnarounds of programs, projects and activities through in-country leadership of development interventions that deliver fast results characterized by resilient long-term outcomes. He has a proven track record of successfully exceeding contract deliverables, optimizing outreach, maximizing impact with wide-ranging expertise as a practitioner of solution-to-demand-driven approaches all according to a stakeholder-centric focus ensuring strong facilitation, communication, collaboration and a proven track record of interacting and working effectively with a full range of government (including military plus law enforcement in addition to civilian political leaders officials), private sector players, civil society influencers and community-based actors. Phil’s expertise includes designing and implementing international development / aid policies and program interventions in the fields of national and sub-national governance, transparency, financial and fiscal budgetary management, economic plus enterprise development, beneficial exploitation as well as conservation of extractive natural resources, optimization of exports, rural sustainability, and social responsibility alongside development of civil society. He has global experience being most recently well-regarded by DFID, EU-TACIS, OECD, UNDP, USAID and World Bank missions in C&E Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central and SE Asia as having superior diplomatic and relationship management skills in addition to a thorough knowledge in the application of exemplary contracting practices who steps up to conflicts; reads situations quickly; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to cease and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; and he faces adversity head on. Phil’s earlier-career experiences while working in the international petroleum sector included complex assignments building consensus among diverse actors in the Caribbean, and Latin America including Venezuela. Phil’s extractive resource experience includes: mining of iron ore and copper; quarrying limestone; growing and harvesting grain and citrus fruits; culture and harvesting of latex, lumber, rubber and wood products; prospecting, drilling, extraction and production of petroleum products. Phil is a well-liked and professionally-respected achiever of excellence, a stimulator and facilitator of universally beneficial changes that are positive in character, significant in impact, long-lasting in consequence and sustainable into the future.


  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • international development
  • economic policy
  • climate change
  • united states
  • afghanistan
  • liberia
  • egypt
  • ghana
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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