Our TeamPamela Branch/Asif Chida
/Bjorn Johansson/Hubert Leblanc/
Founder, Senior Consultant
Pamela Branch has twenty five years of professional experience in the field of international development, including 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Her consulting practice reflects her strong commitment to economic growth and governance as key inputs to development, and much of her work in institutional and capacity development is to promote those aims. With degrees in accounting and economics, she has developed solid international experience in private sector development, including three years in Ghana managing a technology transfer project to support small scale industry with 10 offices and 300 staff nationwide. She is a strong manager who can deliver results and has the ability to work across sectors, bringing in outside expertise as needed. Ms. Branch has worked on all aspects of performance review and measurement, including internally as a project manager, and as an external monitor, evaluator, auditor and reviewer.
Dr. Chida is an inclusive economic growth and private sector development specialist with particular expertise in policy formulation, institutional capacity building and training for private and public sectors, facilitating public-private partnerships, improving business enabling environment, trade and investment promotion. Solid international experience identification of business opportunities and skills gaps, entrepreneurship training programs to support business development, employment and job creation, technical assistance to develop MSME sector, programme and project evaluations, strengthening SME competitiveness, financial and advisory services. Solid understanding of inclusivity and equity, including gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Dr. Chida is a proven leader and manager with excellent communication and inter-personal capacity, strong research and writing skills.
Founder, Senior Consultant
Mr. Johansson is an economist and consultant in trade economics and enterprise development, specializing in small and medium enterprise development and financing, including venture capital, equity and debt mechanisms, and entrepreneurship development, including advisory services and business management training. Solid international experience in all aspects of private sector development including micro-credit, employment and job creation, labour force adjustment, economic forecasting, business incubators, and enabling environments. Strong research and writing skills, as well as substantial management expertise.
A specialist in the international field with 30 years experience in more than thirty countries, including 10 years residence in Africa, Dr. LeBlanc is a Senior Consultant and Manager, with a core competence in monitoring and evaluation, Law and Development, capacity development in the environment, local governance, partnering and participation, good governance, regulatory frameworks and communications, peace building and human rights, especially the rights of the child in labour markets and war torn societies. Proven expertise in all aspects of the project development cycle including design, appraisal, feasibility, inception and management plan formulation, implementation and field management, technical advice, team building, problem solving, monitoring and evaluation. Proven leadership ability and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French.
Elaine Ward has been working in the field of international development for over 20 years, mainly in Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as domestic consulting with First Nations communities in Canada. Her specialties include gender equality and diversity, project management, human rights and the environment, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, socio-economic impact assessments, aboriginal liaison and stakeholder engagement, consultation and accommodation, institutional-strengthening around good governance, ethics and corporate social responsibility, as well as capacity-building in terms of training, coaching, and mentoring. Elaine's modus operandi includes appreciative inquiry, participatory methodologies and a rigorous rights-and-responsibilities-based approach to organizational governance, management and operations within non-profit, public and private sectors. She is a seasoned professional with a unique blend of skills, personal traits and education, including a Master of International Law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Lund University in Sweden. Elaine has been affiliated with PSI for over a dozen years as a gender consultant.