Areas of expertise

poverty and inequalities, urban development, slum-upgrading, participatory planning, public participation, participatory methods, social diversity, informal settlements, urban governance, social innovation, urban land tenure, urban conflict, social protection, sustainable livelihoods, mass displacement/forced migration in cities, NGOs and humanitarian organisations, higher education.


  • facilitate and mentor collaborative processes to design and establish new sustainable institutions, programmes, and frameworks to address intractable challenges in complex contexts, with a diverse and large number of stakeholders
  • bring together different stakeholders, includinglocal communities, local and central governments, elected politicians, built environment professionals, NGOs, academia, media and private sector.
  • active listener able to quickly identify client’s needs and develop appropriate tailored solutions
  • design and facilitate creative and participatory development of organisational and programme strategies, theories of change, evaluation frameworks, learning processes
  • policy-oriented researchand advocacy, evidence gathering for policy making
  • design and deliver participatory research, participatory learning and participatory decision-making processes

Country Experience

Kenya, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Liberia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Ireland, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Regional expertise of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Selected Clients

DFID, UN-Habitat, ICF International, Comic Relief, CAFOD, Caritas Africa, IPSIA (ACLI Institute for Peace, Development, Innovation), Alphasights.


English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (spoken, read only), French (spoken, read only)

Profile Summary

  • 15+ years of international experience in the international development and urban development sectors working for international NGOs, academia, and consulting for the United Nations, international donors and government.
  • Driven by a passion for impact and setting up new sustainable processes, programmes, institutions by focusing on effective project management:
    • founded and established an urban research centre in Sierra Leone in the post-Ebola context
    • opened the Kenya office of the IPSIA NGO
    • first chair of the board of innovative UK charity CatalyticAction working with refugee and host populations in the Middle East, helped to set up all internal processes and strategy.
    • developed a new professional training course for African professionals with over 2,500 joiners
    • a new programme of dissertation fellowships where students do their dissertation in partnership with external organisations including development NGOs, foundations, consultancies.
  • Worked for over 7 years at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, #1 faculty globally according to the most recognised university ranking: QS World University Ranking, within one of the universities consistently in the top 10 worldwide.
  • Invited to deliver more than 15 talks in four languages in six different countries in addition to presenting my work in 18 conferences.

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