Friday, 01 April 2022

Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives, Episode 2: International Development Consulting

On April 1, 2022 our viewers enjoyed the 2nd episode of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's live series "Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives," which featured prominent international consultants and experts doing work related to global challenges.

We were delighted to have Stephen Tupper (UK) as our guest for a conversation on international development consulting. Stephen joined us live from Ukraine, where he has been living and working for many years, and where he has been raising funds for food for evacuees and helping them find new homes.

Stephen has been working in both commercial and international development projects since 1986. The projects are those funded by the European Union, USAID, UKAID (formerly DFID), Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, and others. He has led teams working on issues of poverty reduction, regional development and governance involving a broad mix of stakeholders from government, the private sector, NGOs/civil society and working groups of the local population. To produce a positive result, Stephen has always placed inclusion as a key factor, together with the need for creative and innovative partnerships.

Stephen has worked and lived in most countries in Europe, Asia, North Africa/Middle East and in parts of the Pacific. Since 2017 he has been serving on the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation’s Board of Directors supporting all of Foundation’s events.

In addition to having insights into Stephen's current humanitarian volunteer work in Ukraine, we also learned from him about:
- Challenges and opportunities in consulting for major international donors and financial institutions such as World Bank, EBRD, ADB, EU and USAID;
- Importance of cultural sensitivity in consulting;
- Working bottom up rather than top down to deliver greater results for wider stakeholders and the general population.

Watch the replay here:

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