Welcome to my website! I am a development and sustainable finance professional with fifteen years’ experience in research, data analysis, country-level support and advocacy. I am currently 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.
My current focus areas include: innovative development finance mechanisms, ethical and social finance, development aid, debt, tax and capital flight. I provide advice and technical assistance to UN field offices and government officials on development finance and investment strategies. Much of my recent work has focused on the sustainable development challenges faced by small island developing states, especially in the field of the ‘blue economy’ – though I have also worked in other countries such as Ecuador and Rwanda. 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). Since 2015, I have also managed the fantastic OECD-UNDP Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative.
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, I’ve posted a selection of my recent work along with a few photos to make it prettier!
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.
I hope you find some of my work of interest!