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.

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.

Following his Doctorate in Quantitative Economics from the Centre of the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, he worked for DfID on globalisation and poverty, seconded to the European Commission as trade and poverty adviser for the Everything But Arts initiative and the Economic Partnership Agreements. 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 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.

Following his Doctorate in Quantitative Economics from the Centre of the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, he worked for DfID on globalisation and poverty, seconded to the European Commission as trade and poverty adviser for the Everything But Arts initiative and the Economic Partnership Agreements. 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 Economics from Oxford University and an LLM in International Business Law from University of Liverpool.

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.

Navin Kumar

Navin has over 28 years of experience working in large corporate agribusiness firms across a number of emerging markets and in international development. He brings a unique set of skills to delivering projects that are both transformative and impactful. He has a strong understanding of agribusiness, having worked with some of the largest agribusinesses in the world and within the East African region, deep and practical experience of international development, environmental sustainability, and working with poor and disadvantaged groups, to deliver commercially sustainable outcomes.

Director, Malawi

Navin has over 28 years of experience working in large corporate agribusiness firms across a number of emerging markets and in international development. He brings a unique set of skills to delivering projects that are both transformative and impactful. He has a strong understanding of agribusiness, having worked with some of the largest agribusinesses in the world and within the East African region, deep and practical experience of international development, environmental sustainability, and working with poor and disadvantaged groups, to deliver commercially sustainable outcomes.

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.

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.

Director - Technical Advisory

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.

Corretta Gawani

Corretta is an agricultural economist and experienced researcher with over eight years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research, including managing projects from design through to reporting. Corretta is currently working as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant at Imani Development Malawi. Corretta utilizes her technical knowledge in MEL to conduct impact assessments, baseline, midterm and endline evaluations. She has a strong background in field research, specifically developing sampling protocols; supervising data collection; survey instrument design, review, and translation; CAPI computerized coding; database management; quantitative and qualitative data analysis; and reporting. Her work has included studies in agriculture, natural resource management, finance, WASH, nutrition, food security, youth, and gender.

MEL Consultant

Corretta is an agricultural economist and experienced researcher with over eight years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research, including managing projects from design through to reporting. Corretta is currently working as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant at Imani Development Malawi. Corretta utilizes her technical knowledge in MEL to conduct impact assessments, baseline, midterm and endline evaluations. She has a strong background in field research, specifically developing sampling protocols; supervising data collection; survey instrument design, review, and translation; CAPI computerized coding; database management; quantitative and qualitative data analysis; and reporting. Her work has included studies in agriculture, natural resource management, finance, WASH, nutrition, food security, youth, and gender.

Georgina Saunders

Georgina Saunders has worked in agricultural development in Southern Africa since 2006. She has experience in working with wide range of stakeholders and has developed a strong awareness of the changing context of agricultural development in Malawi. She has experience in a range of key sectors, including, value chain analysis and market development, inclusive agri-business, climate impact, rural development, and sustainable land use practises.

Georgina has a specialisation in market analysis and development and has completed studies for a range of clients and various crops and commodities. Georgina has been closely involved in the evolution of traditional value chain analysis strategies to a market systems approach. She completed a full market analysis and strategy for the pigeon pea and rice markets in Malawi as part of the Business Innovation Facility team. Georgina wrote a market development strategy for GIZ as part of the inception period for the development of a proposal to the EU for GIZ actions in the new focal area of ‘Private Sector Development in Rural Areas’. Georgina completed the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Value Chain Analysis for TetraTec/USAID. This involved market assessment, through a climate lens of maize, soy, pigeon pea, groundnut, cow pea and sorghum, looking at how farmers and processors could adapt their activities to work within value chains that are changing in their characteristics due to the impact of climate change.

M&E Officer

Georgina Saunders has worked in agricultural development in Southern Africa since 2006. She has experience in working with wide range of stakeholders and has developed a strong awareness of the changing context of agricultural development in Malawi. She has experience in a range of key sectors, including, value chain analysis and market development, inclusive agri-business, climate impact, rural development, and sustainable land use practises.

Georgina has a specialisation in market analysis and development and has completed studies for a range of clients and various crops and commodities. Georgina has been closely involved in the evolution of traditional value chain analysis strategies to a market systems approach. She completed a full market analysis and strategy for the pigeon pea and rice markets in Malawi as part of the Business Innovation Facility team. Georgina wrote a market development strategy for GIZ as part of the inception period for the development of a proposal to the EU for GIZ actions in the new focal area of ‘Private Sector Development in Rural Areas’. Georgina completed the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Value Chain Analysis for TetraTec/USAID. This involved market assessment, through a climate lens of maize, soy, pigeon pea, groundnut, cow pea and sorghum, looking at how farmers and processors could adapt their activities to work within value chains that are changing in their characteristics due to the impact of climate change.

Ellie Rakoff

Ellie leads Imani Development Malawi’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team. Ellie’s key interest lies in leveraging climate-just, community-led practices to promote gender- and smallholder-inclusive growth in agriculture, food and energy systems. Ellie leverages her MEL and impact reporting experience across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the US to deliver evaluations, guided by the OECD-DAC criteria, to clients such as the World Bank Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Fairtrade, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s AgDiv, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), SolarAid, governments and the private sector.

Ellie has previous experience in social enterprise business development, healthcare financing, and the economics of labour migration and internal displacement due to climate and human-made conflicts in East Africa. She is originally from Washington, DC and holds a BA in Public Policy and African Studies from the College of William & Mary. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Climate Change & Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London.

MEL Consultant

Ellie leads Imani Development Malawi’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team. Ellie’s key interest lies in leveraging climate-just, community-led practices to promote gender- and smallholder-inclusive growth in agriculture, food and energy systems. Ellie leverages her MEL and impact reporting experience across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the US to deliver evaluations, guided by the OECD-DAC criteria, to clients such as the World Bank Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Fairtrade, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s AgDiv, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), SolarAid, governments and the private sector.

Ellie has previous experience in social enterprise business development, healthcare financing, and the economics of labour migration and internal displacement due to climate and human-made conflicts in East Africa. She is originally from Washington, DC and holds a BA in Public Policy and African Studies from the College of William & Mary. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Climate Change & Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London.

Esnath Mandala

Esnath is the Qualitative Researcher & Projects Coordinator for Imani Development Malawi. In her role, Esnath coordinates consultancy projects in agriculture, economic development, private and public sector development, and community development. She is responsible for key research components including facilitating focus group discussions and interviews; research tool design, translation and testing; community entry and recruitment of study participants; recruiting, training and supervising external research assistants; and financial management. Her key interests are in climate-smart agriculture/climate resilience, social behavioural change, and their intersections.

Prior to joining Imani, Esnath served as a Transition Program Coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation, a Research Associate for various research projects throughout Malawi, and a Community Development Facilitator for Plan International. Esnath graduated from the University of Malawi Chancellor College with a Bachelor’s in Social Science, Sociology and Psychology, and is currently earning her Masters in Sociology from the same university. She also holds a Diploma in Agriculture Extension and Natural Resources Management from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Qualitative Researcher & Projects Coordinator

Esnath is the Qualitative Researcher & Projects Coordinator for Imani Development Malawi. In her role, Esnath coordinates consultancy projects in agriculture, economic development, private and public sector development, and community development. She is responsible for key research components including facilitating focus group discussions and interviews; research tool design, translation and testing; community entry and recruitment of study participants; recruiting, training and supervising external research assistants; and financial management. Her key interests are in climate-smart agriculture/climate resilience, social behavioural change, and their intersections.

Prior to joining Imani, Esnath served as a Transition Program Coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation, a Research Associate for various research projects throughout Malawi, and a Community Development Facilitator for Plan International. Esnath graduated from the University of Malawi Chancellor College with a Bachelor’s in Social Science, Sociology and Psychology, and is currently earning her Masters in Sociology from the same university. She also holds a Diploma in Agriculture Extension and Natural Resources Management from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Prince Kaponda

Prince is a Consultant on Imani Development Malawi’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team. His focus is on improving the impact of food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene projects and programs using reliable MEL data, social and behavioural change (SBC), and social marketing approaches. His efforts include design and implementation of MEL systems, research (quantitative and qualitative) and building strategies that influence and advance livelihood solutions in developing countries. Prior to joining Imani, Prince worked as a MEL and SBC consultant for Thomson Consult Limited, a Research Associate at the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation, and a Food Monitor for World Vision Malawi. Prince is Malawian and holds a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management & Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science, both from Mzuzu University.

MEL Consultant

Prince is a Consultant on Imani Development Malawi’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team. His focus is on improving the impact of food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene projects and programs using reliable MEL data, social and behavioural change (SBC), and social marketing approaches. His efforts include design and implementation of MEL systems, research (quantitative and qualitative) and building strategies that influence and advance livelihood solutions in developing countries. Prior to joining Imani, Prince worked as a MEL and SBC consultant for Thomson Consult Limited, a Research Associate at the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation, and a Food Monitor for World Vision Malawi. Prince is Malawian and holds a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management & Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science, both from Mzuzu University.

Isaac Msiska

Isaac Msiska is a Senior Accountant at Imani Development Malawi. He has over 7 years of proven experience in project accounting, financial and management accounting, audit management, asset management, payroll processing, forecasting and budget management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance from ShareWorld Open University, and is currently studying towards an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Unicaf University. Prior to joining Imani, Isaac worked for Cotton Ginners Africa Limited (CGAL).

Senior Accountant

Isaac Msiska is a Senior Accountant at Imani Development Malawi. He has over 7 years of proven experience in project accounting, financial and management accounting, audit management, asset management, payroll processing, forecasting and budget management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance from ShareWorld Open University, and is currently studying towards an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Unicaf University. Prior to joining Imani, Isaac worked for Cotton Ginners Africa Limited (CGAL).

Frank Haji

Frank Haji is an Accountant at Imani Development Malawi. He has over 6 years’ experience in compiling and submitting tax returns to the Malawi Revenue Authority; processing payments; filing source documents; capturing data into Sage 50; updating the company’s fixed asset register; and supporting the Senior Accountant in the preparation of management accounts. Frank holds a Certificate in Financial Accounting (CIFA) from the Malawi College of Accountancy, and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Applied Accounting Auditing and Information Systems (BAA-AIS) at the Malawi College of Accountancy.

Accountant

Frank Haji is an Accountant at Imani Development Malawi. He has over 6 years’ experience in compiling and submitting tax returns to the Malawi Revenue Authority; processing payments; filing source documents; capturing data into Sage 50; updating the company’s fixed asset register; and supporting the Senior Accountant in the preparation of management accounts. Frank holds a Certificate in Financial Accounting (CIFA) from the Malawi College of Accountancy, and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Applied Accounting Auditing and Information Systems (BAA-AIS) at the Malawi College of Accountancy.

Lusekero Kapito

Lusekero is an Administrative Assistant at Imani Development Malawi. She manages all administrative aspects of the country office as well as providing assistance in human resources and accounting matters. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Accountancy from Exploits University. Lusekero has been with Imani Development for the past 9 years.

Accounts Clerk

Lusekero is an Administrative Assistant at Imani Development Malawi. She manages all administrative aspects of the country office as well as providing assistance in human resources and accounting matters. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Accountancy from Exploits University. Lusekero has been with Imani Development for the past 9 years.

William Chipapi

William Chipapi is an office assistant at Imani Development Malawi. William helps to keep the Malawi team refreshed, attends to visitors, and helps with catering for company meetings and events. Previously he worked as a personal chef.

Office Assistant

William Chipapi is an office assistant at Imani Development Malawi. William helps to keep the Malawi team refreshed, attends to visitors, and helps with catering for company meetings and events. Previously he worked as a personal chef.

Tobias Dominiko

Tobias Dominiko is an Office Assistant at Imani Development’s Lilongwe offices. He helps with the day-to-day running of the office and ensures that everything is running smoothly.

Office Assistant

Tobias Dominiko is an Office Assistant at Imani Development’s Lilongwe offices. He helps with the day-to-day running of the office and ensures that everything is running smoothly.

Madalitso Selenje

Madalitso is a driver at Imani Development Malawi. He is an efficient organized individual, with more than 10 years of experience working as the Head Driver at Imani. Madalitso has an MSCE, a Driving License C1, Category PG, a Moto Vehicle Grade 1, and has undertaken a chauffeur course.

Head Driver

Madalitso is a driver at Imani Development Malawi. He is an efficient organized individual, with more than 10 years of experience working as the Head Driver at Imani. Madalitso has an MSCE, a Driving License C1, Category PG, a Moto Vehicle Grade 1, and has undertaken a chauffeur course.

Jay Grunder

Jay Grunder is a Junior Development Consultant at Imani Development. He holds a LLM in International Trade Law, a LLB, and a Bachelor of Business Science (Economics and Law) from the University of Cape Town and worked as an Economist for the Western Cape Provincial Government prior to joining Imani. His areas of specialisation include international trade and development, regional integration, and the political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa. Jay’s master’s looked at the effects of Brexit on the UK, the EU, and further afield with regards to international trade, and he has continued to conduct research in this area with subsequent work examining how Brexit could affect South African and African trade in the coming years.

Junior Development Consultant

Jay Grunder is a Junior Development Consultant at Imani Development. He holds a LLM in International Trade Law, a LLB, and a Bachelor of Business Science (Economics and Law) from the University of Cape Town and worked as an Economist for the Western Cape Provincial Government prior to joining Imani. His areas of specialisation include international trade and development, regional integration, and the political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa. Jay’s master’s looked at the effects of Brexit on the UK, the EU, and further afield with regards to international trade, and he has continued to conduct research in this area with subsequent work examining how Brexit could affect South African and African trade in the coming years.

Michelle Delport

Michelle Delport is a Junior Development Consultant at Imani Development. Her Masters in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford reflects her passion in the subject. Specifically, her interests lie rural development, regenerative and sustainable agriculture, nutrition, education, and the policy frameworks that support these. She has research experience in rural development, education, and nutrition. Her practical experience is in community development, micro-enterprise development and regenerative horticulture and livestock management.

Junior Development Consultant

Michelle Delport is a Junior Development Consultant at Imani Development. Her Masters in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford reflects her passion in the subject. Specifically, her interests lie rural development, regenerative and sustainable agriculture, nutrition, education, and the policy frameworks that support these. She has research experience in rural development, education, and nutrition. Her practical experience is in community development, micro-enterprise development and regenerative horticulture and livestock management.

Ilhaam January

Ilhaam January is the Business Development Project Co-ordinator at Imani Development. She is involved with the business development and project implementation process. Her key responsibilities include, generating reports on Projects office activities, projects budget preparation and database management. Ilhaam has more than 10 years’ experience in project management and administration. Before joining Imani, Ilhaam worked as the Regional Field Manager for Citizen Surveys in Cape Town.

Business Development Project Co-ordinator

Ilhaam January is the Business Development Project Co-ordinator at Imani Development. She is involved with the business development and project implementation process. Her key responsibilities include, generating reports on Projects office activities, projects budget preparation and database management. Ilhaam has more than 10 years’ experience in project management and administration. Before joining Imani, Ilhaam worked as the Regional Field Manager for Citizen Surveys in Cape Town.

Chad Capon

Chad Capon is a Senior Development Consultant at Imani Development. Based in our Cape Town office, Chad manages numerous private sector development, strategy development, and economic development related projects. His experience spans a wide range of contexts and industries including agriculture, international trade, CSO/PSO, manufacturing, textiles and apparel, pharma, transport, IGOs, and aquaculture. His specialist areas include, market systems analysis, sustainable livelihoods analysis, commercial due diligence, value chain analysis, regional integration, trade facilitation enhancement, and political economy analysis. Currently, one of Chad’s principal responsibilities is that of lead assessor in the EU funded Enterprise Zambia Programme, a challenge fund that is focused on developing agribusinesses and creating opportunities for smallholder farmers in Zambia. He holds a Masters in International Relations and Political Economy (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Senior Development Consultant

Chad Capon is a Senior Development Consultant at Imani Development. Based in our Cape Town office, Chad manages numerous private sector development, strategy development, and economic development related projects. His experience spans a wide range of contexts and industries including agriculture, international trade, CSO/PSO, manufacturing, textiles and apparel, pharma, transport, IGOs, and aquaculture. His specialist areas include, market systems analysis, sustainable livelihoods analysis, commercial due diligence, value chain analysis, regional integration, trade facilitation enhancement, and political economy analysis. Currently, one of Chad’s principal responsibilities is that of lead assessor in the EU funded Enterprise Zambia Programme, a challenge fund that is focused on developing agribusinesses and creating opportunities for smallholder farmers in Zambia. He holds a Masters in International Relations and Political Economy (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Chido Myambo

Chido Myambo is the Marketing and Communications Officer at Imani Development. Chido is responsible for content creation and management of all corporate communications. Her role also involves developing PR and marketing strategies as well as social media management. Before joining Imani, Chido worked for HiFly Marketing. She holds a Master’s in Development Finance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Marketing & Communications Officer

Chido Myambo is the Marketing and Communications Officer at Imani Development. Chido is responsible for content creation and management of all corporate communications. Her role also involves developing PR and marketing strategies as well as social media management. Before joining Imani, Chido worked for HiFly Marketing. She holds a Master’s in Development Finance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Tembakazi Mhlebi

Tembakazi Mhlebi is the General Office Assistant at Imani Development. Thembi helps keep the Cape Town office running smoothly, including buying office groceries, cleaning, keeping the team refreshed with coffee and tea and attending to visitors. Before joining Imani, Thembi worked at Hotel Verde.

General Office Assistant

Tembakazi Mhlebi is the General Office Assistant at Imani Development. Thembi helps keep the Cape Town office running smoothly, including buying office groceries, cleaning, keeping the team refreshed with coffee and tea and attending to visitors. Before joining Imani, Thembi worked at Hotel Verde.

Marcus Coetzee

Marcus Coetzee has over 20 years experience in providing strategic support to organizations that have a social impact primarily social enterprises, non-profit organizations, high-impact businesses and government departments. His speciality is strategy design, coaching social entrepreneurs and facilitation of strategic restructuring processes. As an Associate Consultant, he frequently leads or collaborates on larger national and international strategic projects with Imani Development. Marcus holds a Master’s in Social Development (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of the Western Cape.

Associate Consultant

Marcus Coetzee has over 20 years experience in providing strategic support to organizations that have a social impact primarily social enterprises, non-profit organizations, high-impact businesses and government departments. His speciality is strategy design, coaching social entrepreneurs and facilitation of strategic restructuring processes. As an Associate Consultant, he frequently leads or collaborates on larger national and international strategic projects with Imani Development. Marcus holds a Master’s in Social Development (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of the Western Cape.

Daly Bhowon

Daly Bhowon is a Projects Administration Manager at Imani Development. Her key duties involve contract review and management, project consultant management, drafting sub-contracts, deliverables follow-up, invoicing and client relationship management. She holds a Masters in Bio Chemistry from the University of Marseille in France. Before joining Imani, she worked as a Group Quality Assurance Manager for the largest beverage manufacturer in Mauritius.

Projects Administration Manager

Daly Bhowon is a Projects Administration Manager at Imani Development. Her key duties involve contract review and management, project consultant management, drafting sub-contracts, deliverables follow-up, invoicing and client relationship management. She holds a Masters in Bio Chemistry from the University of Marseille in France. Before joining Imani, she worked as a Group Quality Assurance Manager for the largest beverage manufacturer in Mauritius.

Melanie-Anne Highburg

Melanie-Anne Highburg is an Assistant Bookkeeper at Imani Development. She has more than 20 years bookkeeping experience. Melanie-Anne started her career as an administrator before becoming an assistant accounts clerk. At Imani, she is responsible for processing supplier invoices and payments, processing credit card and bank account payments as well as petty cash management.

Assistant Bookkeeper

Melanie-Anne Highburg is an Assistant Bookkeeper at Imani Development. She has more than 20 years bookkeeping experience. Melanie-Anne started her career as an administrator before becoming an assistant accounts clerk. At Imani, she is responsible for processing supplier invoices and payments, processing credit card and bank account payments as well as petty cash management.

Gabriel Mukubvu

Gabriel Mukubvu is a Senior Accountant at Imani Development. He is a specialist management accountant familiar with group reporting, management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, payroll processing, and project audits. Gabriel is also a registered tax practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in Accounting from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  Prior to joining Imani, Gabriel worked for Teleperformance South Africa.

Senior Accountant

Gabriel Mukubvu is a Senior Accountant at Imani Development. He is a specialist management accountant familiar with group reporting, management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, payroll processing, and project audits. Gabriel is also a registered tax practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in Accounting from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  Prior to joining Imani, Gabriel worked for Teleperformance South Africa.

Jaco Slabbert

Jaco has a long history working in inclusive business and social entrepreneurship. Having worked with a portfolio of over 30 social enterprises since 2006 in varying capacities at Heart Capital, he also established the South African offices of ProWorld Volunteers prior to their acquisition by Intrax, and headed up Communications and Marketing for the African Social Entrepreneurs Network.

Additional to his role at Imani Development, Jaco works with the Social Enterprise Academy as a supporting consultant on the UCT/UiO Learning Exchange programme.

Business Development Principal

Jaco has a long history working in inclusive business and social entrepreneurship. Having worked with a portfolio of over 30 social enterprises since 2006 in varying capacities at Heart Capital, he also established the South African offices of ProWorld Volunteers prior to their acquisition by Intrax, and headed up Communications and Marketing for the African Social Entrepreneurs Network.

Additional to his role at Imani Development, Jaco works with the Social Enterprise Academy as a supporting consultant on the UCT/UiO Learning Exchange programme.

Isla Farley

Isla is a social scientist specialising in corporate responsibility & sustainability, cross-sector development partnerships, and food security. She holds a PhD and MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School and a BA in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. Her doctoral research explored how organisations from different sectors communicate about the issue of global food security and the implications this has for our response to pressing food systems challenges. Isla’s research is informed by practical experience with community development projects in Southern Africa. Her consulting work includes research, analysis, and project management in the areas of inclusive business development, community engagement, and food security & nutrition.

 

Consultant

Isla is a social scientist specialising in corporate responsibility & sustainability, cross-sector development partnerships, and food security. She holds a PhD and MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School and a BA in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. Her doctoral research explored how organisations from different sectors communicate about the issue of global food security and the implications this has for our response to pressing food systems challenges. Isla’s research is informed by practical experience with community development projects in Southern Africa. Her consulting work includes research, analysis, and project management in the areas of inclusive business development, community engagement, and food security & nutrition.

 

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.

Associate Consultant

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.

Thembekile Nkosi

Thembekile Nkosi is the Admin & Finance Assistant at Imani Development. Her key responsibilities include preparation of annual budgets, preparation of management and final accounts.  Thembi holds a Masters in Finance and Accounting from the University of the West of Scotland. She is currently studying towards a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.

Admin & Finance Assistant

Thembekile Nkosi is the Admin & Finance Assistant at Imani Development. Her key responsibilities include preparation of annual budgets, preparation of management and final accounts.  Thembi holds a Masters in Finance and Accounting from the University of the West of Scotland. She is currently studying towards a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.

Michael Fuller

Michael Fuller is a Senior Consultant at Imani Development International, who is based in Zambia. Mike is a qualified Aquaculturalist with more than 8 years experience in aquaculture project design, implementation, management, and community development. He has worked extensively in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, as well as providing technical expertise on a number of smaller projects.

Mike has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Ichthyology and Zoology from Rhodes University.

Senior Consultant

Michael Fuller is a Senior Consultant at Imani Development International, who is based in Zambia. Mike is a qualified Aquaculturalist with more than 8 years experience in aquaculture project design, implementation, management, and community development. He has worked extensively in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, as well as providing technical expertise on a number of smaller projects.

Mike has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Ichthyology and Zoology from Rhodes University.

Georgie Walsh

Georgie Walsh is a development intern based in the Cape Town office. She recently graduated from Stellenbosch University with an Honours Degree in International Relations (Cum Laude). Georgie provides technical backstopping to the Business Development team and supports senior consultants on several projects.  Her areas of interest lie in regional integration, international conflict, and climate change.

Development Intern

Georgie Walsh is a development intern based in the Cape Town office. She recently graduated from Stellenbosch University with an Honours Degree in International Relations (Cum Laude). Georgie provides technical backstopping to the Business Development team and supports senior consultants on several projects.  Her areas of interest lie in regional integration, international conflict, and climate change.

Kayo Asiko

Kayo Asiko is a research assistant based in Nairobi, Kenya but works remotely with the team in the Cape Town office. She recently graduated from the University of Kent with an Upper Second Class Degree in Law and has enrolled for her post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics. Kayo supports senior consultants on several projects through research, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. Her areas of focus are regional integration, socioeconomic development, and environmental social governance.

Research Assistant

Kayo Asiko is a research assistant based in Nairobi, Kenya but works remotely with the team in the Cape Town office. She recently graduated from the University of Kent with an Upper Second Class Degree in Law and has enrolled for her post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics. Kayo supports senior consultants on several projects through research, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. Her areas of focus are regional integration, socioeconomic development, and environmental social governance.