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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.

Co-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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Andy Simpson

Andrew Simpson as Managing Director of Imani Development International has a proven track record of over 20 years in Senior Management positions with international companies across multi-site and multi-discipline teams. Among a wide array of competencies, 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. Formerly the MD of Imani Development in South Africa, Andrew is now concurrently also the Managing Director of Imani Development International Ltd based in Cape Town, having led an MBO of the company in 2013.  Imani has operated as a leading economic development consultancy in southern and eastern Africa for more than 30 years.

His day-to-day role at Imani, as well as his previous experience as the Regional Brand Manager for Volkswagen UK for 12 years with oversight of 48 businesses, gives Andrew a wealth of experience and insight into business operations and change, project management and operational effectiveness. At Imani, Andrew has managed large development projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe for clients such as DFID and the European Commission. Mr. Simpson holds a B.Soc.Sc from the University of Birmingham (1988) and completed numerous courses in change management, leadership and coaching/mentorship through Volkswagen Management Training in the UK.

Managing Director, South Africa

Andrew Simpson as Managing Director of Imani Development International has a proven track record of over 20 years in Senior Management positions with international companies across multi-site and multi-discipline teams. Among a wide array of competencies, 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. Formerly the MD of Imani Development in South Africa, Andrew is now concurrently also the Managing Director of Imani Development International Ltd based in Cape Town, having led an MBO of the company in 2013.  Imani has operated as a leading economic development consultancy in southern and eastern Africa for more than 30 years.

His day-to-day role at Imani, as well as his previous experience as the Regional Brand Manager for Volkswagen UK for 12 years with oversight of 48 businesses, gives Andrew a wealth of experience and insight into business operations and change, project management and operational effectiveness. At Imani, Andrew has managed large development projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe for clients such as DFID and the European Commission. Mr. Simpson holds a B.Soc.Sc from the University of Birmingham (1988) and completed numerous courses in change management, leadership and coaching/mentorship through Volkswagen Management Training in the UK.

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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.

Managing Director, 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

Nick is a trade and regional integration specialist working extensively throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. Recent projects in Eastern Africa have included support to South Sudan’s accession to the EAC, working with the Ministry of East African Community Affairs to enhance implementation of regional laws and commitments and for over two years he has been working with the Ministry of Trade in Rwanda developing a cross border trade policy, a national export strategy and assisting with trade negotiations. In Southern Africa his recent work has included developing a Trade Policy for Malawi, an Aid for Trade Strategy for Swaziland, assessing the impact of the SADC Trade Protocol, leading a trade negotiations capacity building project in Lesotho and studies on Non-Tariff Barriers. Notable written works include contributions to ‘Cape to Cairo: Exploring the Tripartite FTA Agenda‘ (Tralac, 2014) as well as ‘Non Tariff Measures – A Fresh Look at Trade Policy’s New Frontier‘ (Centre for Economic Policy Research / World Bank, 2012); papers written for the South African Institute for International Affairs including ‘Compliance with Regional Economic Community Law in EAC, ECOWAS and SADC Member States: The Role of Law and of Accountability‘ (2014) and ‘What Shoprite and Woolworths can tell us about Non-tariff Barriers‘ (2013); amongst others. Nick’s past work has also extended to the Caribbean, the Pacific and Eastern Europe. Before becoming a consultant, Nick worked for SADC, the European Commission and the Department for International Development (UK). He gained his Doctorate in Economics from the Centre for Study of African Economies, Oxford University.

Director, South Africa

Nick is a trade and regional integration specialist working extensively throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. Recent projects in Eastern Africa have included support to South Sudan’s accession to the EAC, working with the Ministry of East African Community Affairs to enhance implementation of regional laws and commitments and for over two years he has been working with the Ministry of Trade in Rwanda developing a cross border trade policy, a national export strategy and assisting with trade negotiations. In Southern Africa his recent work has included developing a Trade Policy for Malawi, an Aid for Trade Strategy for Swaziland, assessing the impact of the SADC Trade Protocol, leading a trade negotiations capacity building project in Lesotho and studies on Non-Tariff Barriers. Notable written works include contributions to ‘Cape to Cairo: Exploring the Tripartite FTA Agenda‘ (Tralac, 2014) as well as ‘Non Tariff Measures – A Fresh Look at Trade Policy’s New Frontier‘ (Centre for Economic Policy Research / World Bank, 2012); papers written for the South African Institute for International Affairs including ‘Compliance with Regional Economic Community Law in EAC, ECOWAS and SADC Member States: The Role of Law and of Accountability‘ (2014) and ‘What Shoprite and Woolworths can tell us about Non-tariff Barriers‘ (2013); amongst others. Nick’s past work has also extended to the Caribbean, the Pacific and Eastern Europe. Before becoming a consultant, Nick worked for SADC, the European Commission and the Department for International Development (UK). He gained his Doctorate in Economics from the Centre for Study of African Economies, Oxford University.

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Richard Hess

Richard is the founder and non-executive Chairman of the Imani Development Group with over 35 years’ experience working in Eastern and Southern Africa in economic development issues; having started Imani Development in 1982 in Zimbabwe. Richard is a recognized leading specialist in regional economic integration issues in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region; and in trade policy. He has consulted extensively for COMESA, EAC, IOC and SADC Secretariats for more than 20 years as well as for many of the main international development agencies and donors, including DFID, the EC, USAID, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat and the UN. He is a highly experienced project manager, having previously directed a number of large donor-funded projects in the ACP region, including the DfID-funded Southern Africa Regional Trade Facilitation Programme for six years; and the EC-funded Cross-Border Initiative (CBI) for intra-regional trade, investment and payments in East and Southern Africa which ran for eight years. Under the CBI, Richard was responsible for organising several ministerial meetings and technical conferences. He has twice been engaged by the Global Coalition for Africa as an advisor to the Ministers on the subject of rationalization of regional integration institutions in Africa and was a member of special task force set up by the WTO to review the work of the Integrated Framework for LDCs.

Chairman, UK

Richard is the founder and non-executive Chairman of the Imani Development Group with over 35 years’ experience working in Eastern and Southern Africa in economic development issues; having started Imani Development in 1982 in Zimbabwe. Richard is a recognized leading specialist in regional economic integration issues in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region; and in trade policy. He has consulted extensively for COMESA, EAC, IOC and SADC Secretariats for more than 20 years as well as for many of the main international development agencies and donors, including DFID, the EC, USAID, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat and the UN. He is a highly experienced project manager, having previously directed a number of large donor-funded projects in the ACP region, including the DfID-funded Southern Africa Regional Trade Facilitation Programme for six years; and the EC-funded Cross-Border Initiative (CBI) for intra-regional trade, investment and payments in East and Southern Africa which ran for eight years. Under the CBI, Richard was responsible for organising several ministerial meetings and technical conferences. He has twice been engaged by the Global Coalition for Africa as an advisor to the Ministers on the subject of rationalization of regional integration institutions in Africa and was a member of special task force set up by the WTO to review the work of the Integrated Framework for LDCs.

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Iain Gatward

Iain has a BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Since completing his MSc in 2004 he has been working in environmental, aquaculture and development consultancy. Prior to joining Imani Development full-time Iain worked on Environmental Impact Assessments and associated studies for renewable energy systems and was also part of the management team for the Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade project with the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University. He currently works as a consultant and project manager for Imani Development in Scotland where he is responsible for managing and assisting with projects and proposals relating to trade, aquaculture and environment in the UK and Africa.

Co-Director, UK

Iain has a BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Since completing his MSc in 2004 he has been working in environmental, aquaculture and development consultancy. Prior to joining Imani Development full-time Iain worked on Environmental Impact Assessments and associated studies for renewable energy systems and was also part of the management team for the Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade project with the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University. He currently works as a consultant and project manager for Imani Development in Scotland where he is responsible for managing and assisting with projects and proposals relating to trade, aquaculture and environment in the UK and Africa.