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Mentor, Business Builder, Fin/Insur Tech Practitioner & Impact Investor

Freelance Consulting Services







Hi there! Let me introduce myself.

A Passionate Business Builder, Fin/Insure Tech Practitioner, Impact Investor & Mentor.

I know the crazy mix of emotions when you first venture out on your own; may it be your first job interview, investing your life savings (worst still somebody else's) to start a business, being confounded by market realities, stymied by bureaucracy and outsmarted by your competitors. Scared shitless! It can be a good thing you know and you are certainly not alone. There are heaps of people who are willing to help and I am just one of them.

Growth and Innovation
Project Management
Business Development
Economic empowerment
Internationl development management
Equitable economic growth policy
My Working Experience
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Mentor, Business Builder, Fin/Insur Tech Practitioner & Impact Investor

Freelance Consulting Services

January 2017 - Current

Independent consultant applying design thinking to find innovative solutions in the fields of mass market digital financial services, livelihoods creation and women's economic empowerment. Designing and delivering training programs in above fields. Forming and leading results-driven multi-disciplinary teams.

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Member of Reference Group for Women's Economic Empowerment

Australia Aid, DFAT - Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program

June 2016 - Current

The Reference Group helps shape investment strategies and priorities. The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program (Pacific Women) is an Australian Government funded program that commits up to $320 million over ten years in 14 Pacific Islands countries in support of four overarching outcomes - (i) women's economic empowerment, (ii) women's leadership, (iii) violence against women and (iv) enabling legal and social environment.

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Financial Capacity Adviser, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program

United Nations Capital Development Fund

April 2008 - September 2016

Co-designed/managed a $60 m regional support facility/fund for mass market and digital financial services innovation which resulted in 19 successful deployments/initiatives benefiting more than 1.5 m previously underserved clients in a region with challenging institutional and market barriers to financial inclusion. Pioneered financial literacy and competency building in one of the least financial literate regions of the world. Successfully advocated for an enduring policy and regulatory environment supportive of inclusive financial sectors driven by 7 central banks in the Pacific.

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Various roles as Project Manager, Senior Policy Advisor, Chief Technical Adviser

United Nations Development Program

May 1984 - March 2008

Areas of international work included private sector development, alternative livelihoods creation, youth entrepreneurship, women economic empowerment, microfinance, equitable economic growth and poverty reduction, rural development and sustainable development. Tasks included high level political advocacy, policy reforms, national strategy formulation, design and execution of project interventions, M&E and impact assessment. Recognized as a global thought leader and practitioner in selected fields.

My Education

Business Development Services

International Labour Organization (ILO) Training Centre

January 2002 - September 2002



Boulder University/UNCDF

August 1998 - September 1998

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Area Development Planning

UN Asia Pacific Development Institute

March 1979 - November 1979



University of Otago

February 1974 - December 1978

I would like to mentor
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  • Entrepreneurs
  • Working Professionals
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