Skills

Skills

Verbal and Written Communication

Highly experienced and confident public speaker and presenter, especially for technical/policy/strategy presentations using PowerPoint.   Audiences have included the former Prime Minister of Pakistan (Mr Shaukat Aziz) , CEOS and Presidents of multinationals and major banks (including the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan), and many other senior government figures in various countries. Writing is a favoured skill and written reports are of an exceptionally high standard, produced to whichever format (style, font, layout) is required and delivered on time. Samples of writing are available on request, also see section on Publications below.

Documentation and Report Publishing

Every project has involved a variety of  documentation and reporting skills. Highly computer literate (PC and Mac/ all softwares).

Economic and Financial Analysis

As Project Economist on various Asian Development Bank loan design projects (Project Preparation Technical Assistance - PPTA) used a full range of formal analytical techniques for cost-benefit assessment, including estimating NPV, Financial and Economic IRRs. Also used COSTAB software for developing loan financing plans. Also uses value chain and marketing costs and margins analysis as a basis for understanding industrial activity.

Strategic and Corporate Planning

As Regional Technical Services Manager (Asia) for Cargill Technical Services, was closely involved with Asia region business development for Cargill Asia-Pacific. Undertook a major corporate strategy planning exercise for market entry to Vietnam that led to the development of businesses in feed milling, coffee processing and rice exporting. As consultant to the Asian Development Bank was involved as Project Economist in designing and testing the feasibility of a number of large-scale loans (up to US$40 million) in various countries (Uzbekistan, Laos, Pakistan). As Senior Advisor to the Competitiveness Support Fund in Pakistan has advised the Ministry of Finance on all aspects of economic growth policy and competitiveness, also assisted with the design of a $400 million agriculture development programme for USAID.

Project Management

Since 1980 managed or has been involved in the management of 40 documented international projects both public and private sector.  A selected number of these projects is described below and a full list can be provided on request.  Since 2003 built an innovative food processing line in Fujian Province, China, led a team of experts implementing business advisory services in the grains industry in Uzbekistan (for ADB) and managed a Technical Assistance team for the Competitiveness Support Fund in Pakistan. 

Team and Business Management, Coaching and Mentoring

Held senior management, team leader, executive and advisory positions in small enterprises, large multi-national companies, donor agencies (e.g., Asian Development Bank) and public-private partnership (PPP) institutions such as The Competitiveness Support Fund. Coaching and mentoring junior staff is a particular obsession as is team building.

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2009 - Present

Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet

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