About me

Welcome to my website! I am an international development and sustainable finance professional with over fifteen years’ experience in research, data analysis, country-level support and global advocacy. I am working an an independent researcher, writer and practitioner on topics such as crisis finance, blue economy investments and trends in development finance and aid. I am currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In addition to my freelance work, I am a Fellow with Development Initiatives and a Senior Consultant with the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI). For nine years, I was a Policy Specialist and Advisor on Development Finance with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Prior to this, I was with the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), an NGO in Brussels where I led the organisation’s work on debt. I have also held positions at the European Volunteer Centre, the European Commission (DG Development), and have worked as an English language teacher.

With the UN, my focus areas included innovative development finance mechanisms, impact investing and social finance, development aid, debt and tax. At the country level, I supported several developing countries to develop financing for development strategies or to implement innovative finance mechanisms, such as Rwanda, Cabo Verde and Zambia. I have developed and structured complex financial products such as social impact bonds, and have worked on impact measurement frameworks.  I led UNDP’s substantive contributions to the UN’s 3rd international conference on financing for development (2015). Between 2015 and 2019, I managed the fantastic OECD-UNDP Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative.

With EURODAD, I led the organisation’s work on debt, involving research, advocacy and campaigning, including in the run-up to the 2005 G8 Gleneagles Summit. I also spent some time in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru for the organisation.

My postgraduate studies were in development and economics; my undergraduate studies in French and Spanish.

I love to write and have authored (and co-authored) numerous research reports, policy papers, articles and blogs on various aspects of development finance, including innovative finance (e.g. blended finance, social impact bonds, urban and municipal finance), debt (including ‘ethical’ and green debt products and state-contingent debt instruments), development aid and tax. I am a regular contributor to the University of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) blog, UNDP’s blog ‘Our Perspective’ and regularly write for other development media outlets (Guardian, Devex etc.). On this website, you can read about my work.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a Washington DC based think-tank on economic policy issues and recently joined the Board of Jubilee Scotland.

I hope you find some of my work of interest!

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