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Andy Simpson

Andrew Simpson is a Technical Advisory Director for Imani Development, with over 25 years in Senior Management positions with international companies across multi-site and multi-discipline teams. He has extensive experience in operational performance management, organisational change, programme design/evaluation and training development across both the public/private sectors as well as on donor-funded programmes.

Andy has a keen interest in the overlap between social development and economic development and through his work he established Social Enterprise Academy South Africa. Andy was the previous Managing Director of Imani Development International before relocating to the UK.

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Andrew Simpson is a Technical Advisory Director for Imani Development, with over 25 years in Senior Management positions with international companies across multi-site and multi-discipline teams. He has extensive experience in operational performance management, organisational change, programme design/evaluation and training development across both the public/private sectors as well as on donor-funded programmes.

Andy has a keen interest in the overlap between social development and economic development and through his work he established Social Enterprise Academy South Africa. Andy was the previous Managing Director of Imani Development International before relocating to the UK.

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Andrew Parker

Andrew is a Private Sector Development economist specialising in inclusive business, export development and industry collaboration. He has worked in investment and supply chain brokering, shipping logistics, education and nutrition across a range of African countries, private sector and export development, strategic review and business innovation. Andrew’s speciality is working with African companies and pro-poor organisations (from INGOs to farmer associations) to find the right business and investment models. Andrew’s work in the UK includes economic value analysis in renewable energy (for The Crown Estate) and for Scottish-African diaspora associations. Andrew has provided advisory support for, and conducted strategic reviews and evaluations of, trade and inclusive business projects for clients such as the Scottish Government, UNDP, WFP, DFID, SIDA, The Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO/SADC, Fairtrade International and Traidcraft. In 2009-2011, Andrew was the Malawi Country Manager for DFID’s Business Innovation Facility, and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). Andrew is the Vice-Chair for organisational development for the Scotland-Malawi Partnership. Based in the UK, Andrew works regularly across Africa alongside the wider Imani team.

Director, UK

Andrew is a Private Sector Development economist specialising in inclusive business, export development and industry collaboration. He has worked in investment and supply chain brokering, shipping logistics, education and nutrition across a range of African countries, private sector and export development, strategic review and business innovation. Andrew’s speciality is working with African companies and pro-poor organisations (from INGOs to farmer associations) to find the right business and investment models. Andrew’s work in the UK includes economic value analysis in renewable energy (for The Crown Estate) and for Scottish-African diaspora associations. Andrew has provided advisory support for, and conducted strategic reviews and evaluations of, trade and inclusive business projects for clients such as the Scottish Government, UNDP, WFP, DFID, SIDA, The Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO/SADC, Fairtrade International and Traidcraft. In 2009-2011, Andrew was the Malawi Country Manager for DFID’s Business Innovation Facility, and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). Andrew is the Vice-Chair for organisational development for the Scotland-Malawi Partnership. Based in the UK, Andrew works regularly across Africa alongside the wider Imani team.

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John McGrath

John is responsible for Imani’s office in Malawi. Having joined the group in 1996, John has over twenty years’ experience in trade, private sector development and project management in Africa. He has been involved in a wide range of private and public sector projects across East and Southern Africa. John has been actively involved in public-private dialogue processes; being advisor to the Malawi Trade Policy National Working Group and is part of the secretariat for the National Action Group (NAG) Forum, a senior level group dealing with all the development issues that impact private sector in Malawi. He has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation having worked on the involvement of the private sector in the SADC EPA negotiations, EC’s trade policy support programme in Kenya, and other NSAs in the SADC EPA process. John has been involved, as a Malawi Government Ministerial Advisor, in the preparations of the Seattle, Doha, Cancun and Hong Kong WTO Ministerial meetings. He has also supported the Zambian Government to integrate their trade initiatives, namely, Aid for Trade, the Integrated Framework (IF), Joint Integrated Trade Assistance Programme (JITAP) and their Value Chain analysis into the Private Sector Development programme. This also involved assisting the Zambian Business Forum to engage in the mainstreaming of trade and trade related issues into the Zambian economy through their Trade Expansion Working Group (TEWG). John has undertaken various private sector research projects for the World Bank, Commonwealth, etc. covering the full project management cycle: conceptualisation, design, budgeting, planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring & control, closure as well as evaluation.

Managing Director, Malawi

John is responsible for Imani’s office in Malawi. Having joined the group in 1996, John has over twenty years’ experience in trade, private sector development and project management in Africa. He has been involved in a wide range of private and public sector projects across East and Southern Africa. John has been actively involved in public-private dialogue processes; being advisor to the Malawi Trade Policy National Working Group and is part of the secretariat for the National Action Group (NAG) Forum, a senior level group dealing with all the development issues that impact private sector in Malawi. He has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation having worked on the involvement of the private sector in the SADC EPA negotiations, EC’s trade policy support programme in Kenya, and other NSAs in the SADC EPA process. John has been involved, as a Malawi Government Ministerial Advisor, in the preparations of the Seattle, Doha, Cancun and Hong Kong WTO Ministerial meetings. He has also supported the Zambian Government to integrate their trade initiatives, namely, Aid for Trade, the Integrated Framework (IF), Joint Integrated Trade Assistance Programme (JITAP) and their Value Chain analysis into the Private Sector Development programme. This also involved assisting the Zambian Business Forum to engage in the mainstreaming of trade and trade related issues into the Zambian economy through their Trade Expansion Working Group (TEWG). John has undertaken various private sector research projects for the World Bank, Commonwealth, etc. covering the full project management cycle: conceptualisation, design, budgeting, planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring & control, closure as well as evaluation.

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Keith Atkinson

Keith is based in Perth and heads up the Australian office. He has been working in developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific for the past 25 years. Keith has broad sectorial experience including Economic Development (regional economic integration, industrial and enterprise development, private sector development, macro-economic), Pro-poor Trade, Education, Strategic Planning, Agribusiness and Capacity Building. He leads the Monitoring and Evaluation thematic area at Imani, and has undertaken numerous programme and project evaluations in Africa and Asia. He is fully versed in Project Cycle Management methodology and EDF procedures. Keith has also worked with a significant number of regional integration organisations including, SAARC, ASEAN, COMESA, SADC, EAC and IOC.

Chairman, Australia

Keith is based in Perth and heads up the Australian office. He has been working in developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific for the past 25 years. Keith has broad sectorial experience including Economic Development (regional economic integration, industrial and enterprise development, private sector development, macro-economic), Pro-poor Trade, Education, Strategic Planning, Agribusiness and Capacity Building. He leads the Monitoring and Evaluation thematic area at Imani, and has undertaken numerous programme and project evaluations in Africa and Asia. He is fully versed in Project Cycle Management methodology and EDF procedures. Keith has also worked with a significant number of regional integration organisations including, SAARC, ASEAN, COMESA, SADC, EAC and IOC.

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Nicholas Charalambides

Dr Nicholas Charalambides is an international trade economist and Director at Imani Development. Based in our Cape Town office, Nick serves as the Technical Director responsible for all trade facilitation, private sector development, economic growth, and regional integration related projects in Southern and Eastern Africa.

His involvement with regional integration in Africa dates back to the mid-1980s when Imani was involved in the early stages of development for SADC and COMESA. In 1998, Nick was part of the team contracted to provide support in economic integration to the East African Cooperation Secretariat as it prepared to launch the revived East African Community (EAC). More recently, he helped develop SADC’s Development Vision 2050 and worked on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) for the EAC.

As a senior trade and regional integration expert, Nick has played a significant role in promoting Africa’s trade agenda, having facilitated in the design of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and recently developing statutes for the AfCFTA Adjustment Facility. He has worked extensively with COMESA, the EAC, SADC, SACU and a wide range of governments and non-state actors. Nick holds a Doctorate in Quantitative Economics from Oxford University and an LLM in International Business Law from University of Liverpool.

Director, South Africa

Dr Nicholas Charalambides is an international trade economist and Director at Imani Development. Based in our Cape Town office, Nick serves as the Technical Director responsible for all trade facilitation, private sector development, economic growth, and regional integration related projects in Southern and Eastern Africa.

His involvement with regional integration in Africa dates back to the mid-1980s when Imani was involved in the early stages of development for SADC and COMESA. In 1998, Nick was part of the team contracted to provide support in economic integration to the East African Cooperation Secretariat as it prepared to launch the revived East African Community (EAC). More recently, he helped develop SADC’s Development Vision 2050 and worked on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) for the EAC.

As a senior trade and regional integration expert, Nick has played a significant role in promoting Africa’s trade agenda, having facilitated in the design of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and recently developing statutes for the AfCFTA Adjustment Facility. He has worked extensively with COMESA, the EAC, SADC, SACU and a wide range of governments and non-state actors. Nick holds a Doctorate in Quantitative Economics from Oxford University and an LLM in International Business Law from University of Liverpool.

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Mirabel Bausinger

Mirabel Bausinger is the Managing Director of Imani Development, leading the strategic and operational direction of the group and its subsidiary in South Africa. A Senior Economic Development Consultant with over twenty years’ experience, she has worked extensively on regional integration, trade and private sector development across East and Southern Africa. She currently functions as lead for Imani Development on two EU funded agriculture challenge funds in MSME-targeted grant finance in Kenya and Zambia.

Mirabel has successfully completed assignments for clients such as the World Bank, GIZ, various RECs (including SADC and the EAC), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom. From October 2019 to December 2020, Mirabel was seconded as interim Head of Programme and Partnership to the Fairtrade Foundation and headed their programmatic Covid response. She holds an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Managing Director, South Africa

Mirabel Bausinger is the Managing Director of Imani Development, leading the strategic and operational direction of the group and its subsidiary in South Africa. A Senior Economic Development Consultant with over twenty years’ experience, she has worked extensively on regional integration, trade and private sector development across East and Southern Africa. She currently functions as lead for Imani Development on two EU funded agriculture challenge funds in MSME-targeted grant finance in Kenya and Zambia.

Mirabel has successfully completed assignments for clients such as the World Bank, GIZ, various RECs (including SADC and the EAC), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom. From October 2019 to December 2020, Mirabel was seconded as interim Head of Programme and Partnership to the Fairtrade Foundation and headed their programmatic Covid response. She holds an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.