As a consultant I’ve led 20+ major engagements with transnational institutions, going back to 2007. These are divided evenly between the point of delivery and the global policy / Board level, and typically involved medium-term change projects with dedicated teams.
Some highlights have included critical first steps on challenges like the following:
- developing responsible and politically workable “exit strategies” from protracted refugee situations;
- making UN peacekeeping more people-centred, and responsive to marginalised communities;
- pivoting a global humanitarian agency to engage (responsibly) with conflict mitigation;
- building coherence in recovery and peacebuilding planning across the World Bank, European Union and United Nations;
- refining processes for start-up and strategic review of complex peace operations.
My early background is in risk management, working with transnationals like Reed Elsevier, Diageo and Unilever to mitigate complex reputational & regulatory risks in the Australia-New Zealand market.
Formative experiences as an international civil servant then included coordination and assessment of initiatives to consolidate a struggling peace process in Sri Lanka; and to “stabilise” DR Congo following its democratic transition.
Technical qualifications include degrees in law (University of New South Wales), finance (ibid) and public policy (Harvard University). *
(* Please note that my admission as a solicitor / legal practitioner lapsed some years ago, and I cannot offer legal advice.)