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.

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.

Lucrecia Bertelli, Assistant Coordinator

Lucrecia Bertelli joined the DCED Secretariat in August 2018. She holds a BA in International Affairs from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She has recently participated as a research fellow at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. She is currently finishing an MSc in Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.