Through my consultancy, I offer a unique, innovation-centered, practical approach to business planning, strategy and program design for enterprises serving base-of-pyramid customers.
My perspective has been honed through a twenty year career progression from field staff to Executive Director. Through the years I have managed tough disparate teams, grappled with personnel issues, fundraised to rescue my organizations from the brink of collapse, designed, sometimes failed and then redesigned impact driven projects. This experience has spanned multiple sectors such as agriculture, water, livelihoods, land rights, education, maternal and neonatal health, child protection, mental health and crisis response. This hands-on, innovative and solution-focused approach is what I bring to each client.
Here is a list of some of my clients and the nature of my work with them:
- Upcoming: May 2013: Enterprise Design Consultant, American Refugee Committee, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Currently designing a last-mile solution for access to clean drinking water in the DRC as part of a new program model that will test the effectiveness of a social enterprise zone in communities destabilized by war. Services will include project implementation design, technology selection, service integration with healthcare services and expert advisory services and training for ground staff.
- Current: March to May 2013: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Consultant, iCATIS, USA and Mexico.
Creating a 3-year growth strategy, budget, resource mobilization and marketing plans. Facilitating the creation and funding of a Public Private Partnership with a large petroleum company to effectively dispose of waste oil while creating life altering technologies and jobs in rural Mexico.
- March to December 2012: Interim Executive, Open Society Foundation, Myanmar.
Successfully completed an organizational transformation in six months for Open Society Foundation’s grantee Thabyay Education Network in Myanmar. Created a three year growth strategy, fundraising plan, Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks, budgets, HR plan and helped design and install new financial accounting software. Also helped recruit and hire a local Executive Director.
- May to July 2012: Project Design Consultant, CU Boulder, College of Engineering.
Collaborated on the design and securing of funds for a new multi-disciplinary center for the research and practical application of international development ideas.
- October 2011 to February 2012: Innovation Consultant, Concern Worldwide.
Responsible for designing project incubation framework for a $42M Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project focusing on four innovations in Maternal and Neonatal health in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Kenya. Design elements also included the field-testing/prototyping of various modules of each project and establishing partnerships both globally and locally for Concern Worldwide.
- July to October 2011: Content Expert, PopTech for the Nike Foundation Climate Change Lab in Kenya.
Short term consultancy researching and vetting global innovations in understanding the effects of climate change on development issues for a Nike Foundation funded climate change symposium in Kenya.
- May 2011 to June 2011: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Consultant, Beyond Capital.
Designed the growth strategy, marketing and fundraising plans for Beyond Capital’s growth stage. The client is an impact investment firm that makes early-stage investments in innovative social businesses in the healthcare, water and energy sectors in India and East Africa.
- March 2011: Strategic Planning Consultant, Salaam Baalak Trust, India.
Strategic planning for stabilization and growth of a Mumbai-based NGO working with street children. In 2011, SBT won the Rockefeller Foundation award for Best NGO in India.
- January and February 2011: Strategic Planning Consultant, D-Rev.
Designed growth strategy for this Silicon Valley based technology incubator working on designing technologies for neonatal heath in India and Nigeria. This resulted in significantly increased funding within the next 12 months and in December 2012, D-Rev was featured as one of the 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine.
- October 2010: Strategic Planning Consultant, MIT D-Lab.
Created a multi-year strategic plan to secure $8M in funding and launch the new Poverty Innovation Lab, focused on designing and disseminating technologies and health solutions for the 3 billion people living on less than $3 per day. One of the chief goals that emerged from the strategy was to have MIT influence development policy and procedures at the international level with organizations like USAID. Less than two years later, they received almost $50M in multi-year funding for multiple projects from USAID and are now considered a key innovation partner for the agency.
- December 2010: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Consultant, Build Change.
Developed a 3-year strategy for a new NGO designing and building earthquake proof housing in Haiti and Indonesia. In 2011, Build Change won the Lemelson-MIT for Innovation and continues to expand its reach in Haiti and beyond.
- September 2010 to December 2010 and March & April 2011: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Consultant, Sustainable Schools International, Cambodia.
Devised a new strategy for SSI, an organization focused on rural education in Cambodia. The new strategy was designed for rapid growth and helped achieve 100% growth through an earned income model within three short years. Also created resource mobilization and marketing plans that helped reduce SSI’s dependence on donor funds by 50%. Worked on Board development and led workshops with the Board.
- January 2010 to July 2010: Interim Chief Operating Officer for Medeem, Ghana.
Acting COO for start-up for-profit social enterprise working to formalize land rights for the poor in Ghana. Evaluated program design on the ground in Ghana for Medeem and designed implementation and scale-up framework. Slashed budget by 30% while simultaneously increasing local employment by over 700% over the original plan. Built strategic partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Medeem and secured funding for a pilot project with cocoa farmers in Western Ghana. Made introductions to impact investment groups like Acumen Fund which eventually led to $1M in investments.
- Ongoing: Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Adjunct professor at the Mortenson Center for Engineering in the Developing World. Classes taught in creating sustainable social enterprises in developing countries, stakeholder analysis and social entrepreneurship.