Anthony is lead for LTSI-NIRAS’ private sector development and trade consultancy, joining in 2020. After 10 years in the UK private sector, Anthony joined UNDP to work on improving the environment for foreign direct investment in to Uzbekistan. Moving subsequently into consultancy, he focused on SME support and research in Kenya and Egypt as the importance of SMEs to developing economies and employment became better understood. Broader experience in the enabling environment, commercial justice reform, access to finance and enterprise development came from managing DFID’s programmes in Uganda for over four years. Returning to focus on Central Asia, he managed DFID’s private sector development in Tajikistan working closely alongside EBRD, before leading DFID’s programmes in Ethiopia including budget support and sectoral projects during challenging political times in Ethiopia. He gained significant experience in development finance through then managing the UK’s government’s shareholdings in CDC Group plc, private equity firm Actis LLP, the IFC and EBRD. This included a major refresh of CDC’s investment strategy from a pure fund of funds investor to more direct investment, and capital increase negotiations with IFC and EBRD. Leaving government, he worked on capacity building for smallholders in Zanzibar, a private sector organisation in Rwanda, and then as Project Director became closely involved with managing a range of private sector and technology focused programmes for DFID and the World Bank. This experience convinced him of the huge potential of both new technology in development and of existing technologies used differently – as well as the core belief that local stakeholders know what’s best for them and their needs.