Sarah left her first career choice of marketing and customer communications in the early ‘90s. Since then, she has developed extensive experience in private sector development across sub Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Her broad experience extends to working for a community based organisation in Lesotho, as an Enterprise Development Advisor for DFID in Uganda and the Caribbean, as the Team Leader of a multi donor funded project in Tanzania, and as a consultant working in a variety of countries on short and medium term assignments. After working closely with the Springfield Centre for many years, she formally joined in January 2011. Until recently Sarah was based in Abuja where, among other assignments, she worked on the design of two different DFID-funded market development programmes, the first focused on developing rural markets in Northern Nigeria, and the second on developing the private education market in Lagos. Sarah is now based in Washington DC.
Having played the saxophone on and off during his youth, Jon reacquainted himself with it on the beach in Accra and was further re-enthused when taking time out to get involved in the live jazz scene in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He still plays from time to time, but, wisely, not within public hearing! Such eclectic tastes were a far cry from his early career in property development in his home city of Manchester. But started to align more as he moved to Cincinnati, New York, and then Newcastle, where he was supporting the brand management of an incongruous mix of coffee and pampers. In 1986, he saw the light and soon found himself in Ghana as a volunteer working with Cocoa and Palm Oil farmers. Having truly caught the development bug, since 1989, he has been working with a wide range of organisations around the world, supporting the design, development and delivery of private sector development programmes. Over the last 29 years, Jon has lived in Hungary, Jordan, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. He has undertaken nearly 100 projects in more than 45 countries and he has been the director of several development consultancy and training organisations in the UK and in Africa. He has mixed an economics background with an expertise in organisation development and has considerable experience on trade policy, trade facilitation and trade dialogue, export promotion, technology and innovation, employment policy, taxation and customs, energy, ICT and transport infrastructure. He has designed and evaluated many private sector programmes and he has had a significant involvement in reviewing value chains and undertaking business environment reform. Jon has managed and implemented large and complex multi country and multi-disciplinary programmes in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Eastern Europe. These include programmes on business advocacy, market systems, technology transfer and innovation, sector policy dialogue, business climate and financial value chains.
As a youth growing up in Hong Kong, David’s teenage career aspirations as a rock singer and guitarist took a severe knock when a South China Morning Post review of his “gig” at the Hong Kong Fringe Club referred to tinny riffs and vocals mimicking a cat in pain. Putting the mic and guitar down, David picked up his books and started on a new career path as an economist. David now has extensive experience in private sector / enterprise development with many donor agencies, and across more than 30 countries at last count. David’s technical experience spans enterprise, trade and investment promotion at policy and practice levels. David has considerable experience of challenge funds. From 2002-2005 he was the Lead Fund Manager of DFID’s Enterprise Development Innovation Fund (EDIF) – a cost-sharing grant programme for action research into new approaches to stimulate service markets for SMEs (18 projects spanning more than 20 countries). He was appointed as a Special Adviser to the review process of DFID’s Business Linkage Challenge Fund (BLCF), and the design process for the African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). David has considerable programme design experience. In Nigeria he is Lead Technical Adviser for Enable, an £11mn business advocacy challenge fund; and on a new £13mn M4P programme for Agriculture and Tourism in Nepal. Additional to his short term consulting experience, David also held a long-term resident position as Lead Economist to the Department of Economic Affairs & Tourism, Northern Cape, South Africa (DFID-funded). David is currently retained by DFAT as an Expert Panellist advising on rural enterprise development policy, strategy and programmes.
While counting cockles on a beach in New Zealand, Kate realized that the hard sciences were better left to others, and turned her focus towards the social sciences. Still very appreciative of all that nature has to offer, she balances working in development with very long runs in the mountains. Trained in development and health, she has worked in Latin America, India, and Africa in the health, education, and water and sanitation (WASH) sectors in diverse roles from teaching, research, and program management. For the last eight years she managed the South American portfolio of an American WASH NGO, which included strategy development, operational oversight, donor cultivation, team management, and market-based sanitation project management. Developing and implementing a post-construction monitoring methodology for the WASH sector afforded an invaluable education into the sustainability challenges that remain too common in the sector, and led to a particular interest in sustainability and monitoring processes. Kate speaks English and Spanish and has published numerous pieces in a range of publications, from blogs to peer-reviewed journals.
His earlier football dreams fading and career options narrowing to those where he could at least talk ‘a good game’, international development beckoned for Alan – and in 1995 he founded the Springfield Centre! His background is in economic and business consultancy for major corporate and government clients but also includes a period in Bangladesh working with a local NGO. He has worked in the development sphere for more than 25 years. From 1996, working with the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, he led the major re-assessment of donor agency interventions that underpinned development of market development approaches to business services. Building on this experience, he has been an important influence in the emergence of market systems development as an overarching framework in development. An experienced trainer and consultant, Alan has worked in more than 30 countries with a range of organisations. Key interests now include ‘taking’ the M4P approach beyond conventional economic fields to new spheres such as education and health and exploring the role of government in (increasingly) pluralistic market systems.
After years of working in and for the Swiss legal system and enjoying occasional extended snowboard and surfing trips, it was clear Jane was going to become neither a lawyer, nor a professional athlete. It was time to get serious, so she followed her interest in ethical business by pursuing studies in international business management and international political economy. For the last three years, Jane has worked with or on behalf of various donors. She worked for SDC’s Employment and Income Focal Point, providing support in the areas of microfinance, microinsurance, market systems and social business models, before moving to Kyrgyzstan to assist private sector development projects with planning and implementation. In particular, she introduced Gender and Social Equality approaches and set up M&E systems. Jane joined The Springfield Centre in April 2016.
Rob has been with the Springfield Centre since 1997. An economist by training, Rob worked for the accountancy and audit firm KPMG, before setting up his own tourism business in Indonesia. He has worked with market development programmes in a range of countries and has written extensively on the subject, including DFID and SDC’s suite of M4P documents (the Operational Guide and Synthesis and Perspectives papers). In recent years this has included the design, evaluation and support of major private sector development programmes, including business services, value chains, business environment reform and local economic development; acting as Strategic Adviser to several agencies seeking to incorporate the market development approach into their policies, programmes and practices; and research on business services in rural areas and the role of government in service markets. Rob has played a key role in designing new Springfield training programmes. Among his main areas of expertise are the policy and regulatory environment, monitoring and results measurement and sector development approaches.
Years of hard work paid off when Jake was crowned chess champion of his junior school. Perhaps he tasted success too early; a decade of decline followed and eventually he put down his chess set and joined the development set. He has worked primarily in research and management of economic development projects in conflict areas, particularly the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as small scale business financing projects in East Africa. Jake’s PhD thesis focused on how households protected themselves from wartime threats in Cote d’Ivoire, and the mechanisms by which violence affects household and business decision-making. Other research and consultancy interests have included microcredit impact assessment, mixed-method research methodologies and survey implementation. Jake joined the Springfield Centre in early November 2014.
Roger’s ambitions to take on the family farm were brutally crushed by a Hmong rice farmer in northern Thailand pointing out such a career might not be the best choice given his inability with the basics (i.e. hand-threshing rice). Nonetheless, coming from a farming background, his early career focused on agriculture and livestock development and the delivery of animal health services. An economist and development planner by training, Roger has supported a wide range of development interventions as a manager, consultant, trainer and researcher and has worked extensively in South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Since joining the Springfield Centre in 2010, his responsibilities have included the role of Manager to the multi-donor funded M4P Hub, coordinating ongoing support to the implementation of SDC’s M4P portfolio in South Caucasus, and consulting on the application of the market-systems approach in areas such as smallholder agriculture in Tanzania, private sector health services in Kenya, and artisanal brick-making in Latin America.
Unsure whether to go full-time as a journalist or pursue an African fruit juice business, Kevin settled instead on Development. He hasn’t lost his thirst for action but now writes mostly with a red pen. Joining the Springfield Centre in 2011, he mainly advises programmes on strategy, intervention design, tactics, log-frames and results measurement. Kevin speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. He has completed assignments in Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Serbia, Bangladesh, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Indonesia. Previously Kevin worked for the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development. There, among other things, he reviewed and published research on results measurement and private sector development. As a postgraduate he studied international development, focusing too heavily on economics and institutions and not enough on the business potential of fruit juice.
Whilst awaiting the inevitable call from Bolton Wanderers, Ben has concentrated on other interests. Having completed his first degree, Ben moved to Ethiopia to pursue a career in journalism. With telecommunications problems obviously impeding the call from the Wanderers, he returned to Cambridge to pursue further study. Since then, Ben has done lots of other interesting things in lots of other interesting places – some of which you can read about in his CV. The things include extensive advisory and research work on systemic change, agriculture, non-traditional agricultural exports, and access to basic services and finance, while the places currently stand at around 100 countries and counting. Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers must have lost his number.
Pursuits of derring-do at Silverstone Rally School and parachuting with the RAF did not result in Rachel achieving her day dream of becoming a stunt woman. Back in the real world, Rachel has applied her energies to supporting and enabling actual people in their day to day adventures not just in the UK but also in Jordan, Italy, Tanzania and South Africa. Rachel’s experience includes working with International Companies, SME’s and on overseas Projects. Her experience includes a 12 year ‘tour’ in London; where at PricewaterhouseCoopers she worked with the Leadership Team Partner responsible for Strategy in Europe, The Middle East and Africa and at Fletcher King plc working with the Senior Partner responsible for commercial offices on special projects. Rachel has also worked with the International Training Team of British American Tobacco to enable their delivery of Global Business Development Programmes to Managers Worldwide. Her last overseas contract was with The Research & Technical Cooperation Services Unit for the Trade Development Agreement Facility (TDCA/Dialogue Facility) based in Pretoria. She has built strong relationships with many high level clients including the South African Government, European Union Delegation in South Africa, BBC, Nokia and Yahoo.com. Rachel is part of The Springfield Centre’s Enabling Team and is acting Business Manager.