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Peter Christensen has thorough theoretical and empirical knowledge of ‘development economics’ and political science in developing countries, especially in relation to monitoring, evaluation, political economy, trade, governance and formulation of sector-wide policy reform programmes (notably within private sector development, decentralisation, education and agriculture). Mr Christensen has also worked with civil society organisations both in fragile states societies and in more mainstream development contexts, providing valuable assistance in leveraging their capacities and strategic advantages. He has extensive management and review experience, gained primarily in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe/CIS. Mr Christensen has been team leader experience from numerous missions and evaluations. For two years he worked at the European Commission’s Delegation to India, Nepal and Bhutan with responsibilities for several large-scale sector programmes in Bhutan (esp. agriculture and environment) and Nepal (esp. education). During that period Mr Christensen was also responsible for drafting the EC’s Country Strategy Paper for Bhutan. Other long term assignments include work in Tanzania for Danida’s Rural Water Supply Programme. He has taken a Master’s degree in Development Studies with highest possible distinction. Furthermore he has studied development economics and political science at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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Ms. Mimi Groenbech has a background in economics and development studies from Copenhagen Business School. She has worked in international development since 1999, almost exclusively in the field of inclusive private sector development and job creation for organisations, such as Danida, ILO, UNIDO and UNCTAD. She has held several positions as programme manager and chief technical adviser, and has since 2013 worked as a consultant. From living and working around the world (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Europe), she has gained experience from many different contexts.
She is passionate about making a positive contribution to improving the lives of disadvantaged peoples by way of creating sustainable livelihoods through creation of decent jobs, promotion of entrepreneurship and various means of income generation.
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Mr. Torben Lang has been involved in international development since 1977 and has gained wide experience in assisting national governments in policy formulation and strategic planning as well as in institutional development and capacity building. Mr. Lang has extensive experience working with private sector development. He has undertaken institutional analysis and organisational development of business and industry associations as well as private enterprises; comprehensive value chain and sector analysis; and feasibility studies of large scale industrial projects.
Through numerous assignments with a wide range of different government institutions, cooperatives, NGOs as well as private enterprises, he has built up considerable expertise in the following fields of consultancy:
• Formulation of policies, strategies and business plans;
• Change management and related training and capacity building;Institutional and functional analysis;
• Result Oriented Management (ROM) and Output Oriented Budgeting (OOB);
• Organisational design and reengineering;
• Financial analysis, planning and control;
• Management information systems, including accounting and budgetary systems; and
• Management development, mentoring and training.
Furthermore, Mr. Lang has in his capacity as head office project director for numerous projects gained extensive experience in programme identification, planning, management and evaluation, and in liaison with executing agencies. Mr. Lang has worked for Danida, Sida, Norad, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations, European Union and various private clients.
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Mr. Bjarne Larsen Kron is an economist with extensive experience in identification, formulation, appraisal and implementation of sector programme support packages and review and evaluation of development projects. Mr. Kron has an extensive knowledge and experience from formulation of Danida Programme and Component Documents. This has a.o. been obtained from assignments as Process Consultant during 2008 for formulation of the Rural Private Sector Development Programme in Ukraine, during 2010 for the formulation of the second phase of the Danida supported Business Sector Programme Support in Kenya, and as Process Consultant during 2011 and 2012 for formulation of the Agricultural Growth and Employment Programme in Bangladesh and the Rural and Renewable Energy Programme in Nepal respectively. Mr Kron has extensive experience from East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania as well as from Ethiopia.
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Mette Kjaer has nearly 20 years of experience as a researcher, fieldworker and analyst in the areas of governance and political economy analysis. She has:
• Strong analytical skills: from researching governance, politics, and political economy in East Africa, and in particular in Uganda; co-ordinating research projects across institutions and countries in North and South; and delivering and communicating research findings. She has specific skills in conducting data collection, fieldwork, stakeholder analysis, and political economy analysis.
• In depth knowledge of development aid achieved from research and from Membership of Danida’s Board. The Board processed all aid programmes over DKK 30m.
• Extensive teaching experience in African politics at graduate and undergraduate level. Supervision of Masters projects (approx 80) and PhDs (5) within the field of development.
• Management experience from holding the post of Director of Studies, August 2009 to January 2013, in which position she took several initiatives to further improve the quality of education in political science.
• Experience in organizing workshops and conferences involving researchers and practitioners from North and South. Extensive networks in Uganda.
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Jørgen has extensive experience of the formulation, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and programmes, obtained during more than 25 years of long-term postings to developing countries in technical and management positions for Danida, NGOs and FAO; as well as 10 years as a consultant undertaking short-term assignments.
Although many assignments have been technically oriented towards agriculture and rural development (extension & research; rural financial services; marketing & processing; rural roads; land security and titling; buffer zone development; farmer organisations; and agricultural education), long-term postings to fragile states have had a focus on policy level issues (strengthening of public sector institutions; public/private sector relations; donor coordination and harmonization in the context of country poverty reduction strategies). At the same time, responsibilities as country representative and chief sector adviser for Danish bilateral development assistance to agriculture and rural development have given Jørgen the added experience around development assistance modalities & management (including negotiations at government level) within a context of increased attention to programme assistance, harmonization and alignment. This has included long term involvement in the formulation and initial implementation of the joint-donor financed PROAGRI programme in Mozambique and several short-term assignments related to (joint) donor financed project and (sector) programme support.
In recent years, Jørgen has developed particular expertise in value chains, sustainable livelihoods and Making markets work for the Poor (M4P). He has worked in numerous countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Denmark, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.
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Warwick Thomson has over 25 years of experience covering all aspects of natural resources-based (agriculture and agribusiness, watershed and forest management) development issues. With 20 years of residential experience in The Philippines, Nepal, Eritrea and Uganda, as an advisor, programme manager, development partner representative, in governance roles and as a consultant, he has well developed skills in:
• The leadership and management of development assistance programmes and projects - both small and large/complex – in all phases of the project cycle.
• Organisational development, leadership and governance.
• Private sector based approaches for trade, economic growth and employment.
• Trade promotion, business partnerships and the enabling environment for business
• Financial services development and management
• Public policy and budget management
• Community enterprises, producer organisations and SME development.
• Economic development in fragile states.
• Green-growth, equity and environmental issues in development.
With five years of experience as a member of staff of the Danish Foreign Service, Warwick has well developed skills in diplomacy and in managing development assistance for aid-effectiveness. Warwick now consults from his home country, New Zealand, also pursuing an active interest in corporate governance and civil society.
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