DCED Secretariat

The DCED Secretariat was established in 2004 and is based in Cambridge, UK.

Jim Tanburn, Coordinator

Jim Tanburn is involved in all aspects of the work of DCED, including as focal point for the Standard for Results Measurement. Jim also led the writing of guiding principles for donors on stimulating service markets (the ‘Blue Book’). Before DCED, Jim worked for the ILO in Geneva, and organised a decade of annual conferences on systemic approaches in PSD, attended by over 1,000 people from 110 countries. He also established an NGO focusing on enterprise development. Previously, he worked in the oil industry for some years, in exploration, research and marketing. Jim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, UK.

Mike Albu, BEAM Exchange Director

Mike Albu joined the DCED Secretariat in May 2018. He leads the work on inclusive market systems and runs the BEAM Exchange. BEAM supports knowledge exchange and learning about how to use the MSD approach to improve access to income, jobs, products and services for people living in poverty. Before DCED and the BEAM Exchange, Mike managed projects and consulted for PwC, Practical Action and other NGOs, specialising in issues of technological capabilities, micro-enterprise development, and economic recovery in humanitarian crises. He studied Engineering Design at the University of Warwick, and has a MSc in Technology Policy from the University of Sussex.

Melina Heinrich-Fernandes, Deputy Coordinator

Melina Heinrich

Melina Heinrich-Fernandes joined the DCED Secretariat in May 2010, where she leads on research and evidence on all major private sector development approaches. She has a particular focus on private sector engagement and inclusive business, and authored several of the DCED’s thematic flagship papers. Melina has 10+ years of experience in economic development, including short term advisory roles with different organisations and field programmes. She studied Political Science, Development Economics and International Law at the University of Bonn, Germany, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her Master’s thesis explored Post-Conflict PSD in Sierra Leone.

Nabanita Sen, Results Measurement Specialist

Nabanita Sen

Nabanita Sen has been working in private sector development and results measurement for more than seven years. She has experience in applying the Standard in different countries in a wide mix of programmes including value chains and enterprise development, trade facilitation, enabling environment, financial inclusion, challenge funds. She is a DCED approved auditor.

Adam Kessler, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Adam Kessler is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with experience developing simple, practical results measurement systems for large private sector development programmes. The DCED Standard is an area of particular focus, and he has written guidance on following the Standard and successfully taken a programme through an audit. He has worked on industrial development, agriculture, market systems, and challenge funds. Publications include practical advice for selecting sample sizesusing the DCED Standard in challenge funds, and Why Evaluations Fail.

Holger Grundel, Senior Adviser

Holger Grundel joined the Secretariat in October 2019 to support the DCED’s work on PSD in fragile and conflict-affected areas and private sector engagement.  Holger worked for many years as a DFID PSD adviser in the UK, China, the DRC, and Senegal. As one of the founding members of DFID’s private sector development cadre he was involved in a wide range of policy, programme, and cadre development initiatives. Until April 2017 he was DFID’s Global Lead for Extractive Industries before joining a Cambridge-based consultancy and social enterprise promoting greater responsibility in mineral supply chains as Managing Director.  Holger studied International Business at the Fachhochschule Dortmund, Germany, and the University of Plymouth, UK.  He also has a Master’s degree in International Development from Bath University, UK.

Amy Rice, Assistant Coordinator

Amy Rice joined the DCED Secretariat in August 2019 after finishing an MPhil in Economic Research at the University of Cambridge. She is responsible for disseminating relevant information to members, in part through the newsletter and website, and supports the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Green Growth Working Groups. Amy holds an MCom in Economics from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and previously worked as an economic analyst for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Isabelle Gore, BEAM Exchange Digital Community Manager

Isabelle Gore is responsible for managing the BEAM Exchange website and other online channels, facilitating knowledge sharing and networking among market systems practitioners. She helps to shape and share content that benefits the BEAM Exchange community. Isabelle has been working as a digital specialist in website content management and development since 2005. She has previous experience with various NGOs working in the areas of corporate and environmental responsibility. She spent two years living and working in Ghana.