Management team

William Morrison - Managing Director and Director, Government Reform

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William Morrison serves as Managing director as well as Director of ASI's Government Reform Practice. He joined the company in 1994 and has worked primarily in delivering programmes of technical assistance since that time. William's work in the mid 1990s was focused on support to transition countries, such as Ukraine and Romania, in developing and implementing economic reform programmes and in setting up new central government institutions. In the late 1990s he directed a broad range of technical assistance projects in South Asia focused on reform of state owned enterprises, labour adjustment and the establishment of social safety net programmes. In this period he worked in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and extensively at state level in India. In 2004 and 2005 he was team leader in Baghdad of an ASI team tasked with setting up the prime minister's office and other centre of government institutions. William now directs major projects across the Government Reform Practice and is responsible for ASI's post conflict and fragile state portfolio.

Layth Bunni - Chief Operating Officer

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Layth has a PHD in molecular biology from Trinity College Dublin in 1989.  Layth then worked for Accenture's Public Sector Practice for 9 years leading a number of large and complex change management projects with major UK Government Departments.  In 1998 he was then involved in setting up and managing the UK's first public/private urban regeneration company in Liverpool, charged with spearheading the transformation of the City's social and economic fortunes.  Layth later worked with ASI as the team leader for the centre of government work in Iraq.  More recently he has been managing and growing a highly successful group of international communication companies.  His key skill sets are in Strategic Change Management in large, complex environments, public sector reform  and Urban Regeneration.    

Peter Young - Director of Strategy and Operations

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As a Director of ASI, Peter Young has worked on the design, development, and implementation of policy reform projects since 1991. He has led many of ASI's multi-year, multi-disciplinary institutional reform and policy implementation projects and has deep expertise in addressing the stakeholder mobilisation, inter-ministerial co-ordination and resource allocation challenges of such assignments. He has particular experience of achieving results from difficult projects in challenging circumstances and unstable conditions. His experience spans a wide range from government reform to economic restructuring. Peter currently serves as ASI's Director of Strategy and Operations.

Carl Pennington - Director of Finance

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Carl is the Director of Finance for ASI, with overall responsibility for the financial management of the business. He has twenty years' experience working in his field, with the last twelve years holding senior finance positions. A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Typically Carl has worked for medium sized businesses, either with a national or international presence.

Amitabh Shrivastava - Director, Economic Reform

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Amitabh Shrivastava is the Director of Adam Smith International’s Economic Reform Practice, responsible for a portfolio of over 30 projects focused on Private Sector Development, Extractives Industries Governance and Infrastructure and Climate Change.

Amitabh joined the company in 1998 and has implemented technical assistance projects in over 25 countries. In his early years with Adam Smith International, Amitabh worked mainly in the areas of state owned enterprise reforms, labor restructuring, utility regulation and PSP in infrastructure in India, Ghana, Rwanda and Botswana. Since 2006 - 7, Amitabh’s work has mainly been in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Nigeria on a range of projects falling within private sector development including making markets work for the poor (M4P) and businesses in development, extractive industry governance, infrastructure reforms and climate change. Amitabh also set up Adam Smith Internationals’ first overseas office in New Delhi in 2004.

Prior to joining Adam Smith International, Amitabh worked at an investment bank in Mumbai.

Andrew Kuhn - Government Reform Practice Manager

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Andrew Kuhn is Practice Manager of the Government Reform practice.  An economist by training Andrew served as ASI's resident team leader of our highly sensitive negotiations support in Ramallah for several years.  Andrew rejoined the senior management team in 2010 and in addition to his practice manager role is in charge of our large portfolio of work in Afghanistan.

 

 

Harry Kendell - Director, South Asia

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Harry Kendell joined ASI in 2008 to take on the management of its business and extensive project portfolio in South Asia, including oversight of the company's permanent office in New Delhi. Harry was previously a director in a development economics consultancy, where he led its business in international economic integration and revenue modernisation. He has extensive experience living and working in South Asia and has directed and managed development assignments in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal with DFID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission. He has also managed and led government and policy reform projects in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Before his consulting career, Harry was a DFID economist in its London headquarters and an Overseas Development Institute fellow assisting the Government of Guyana design and implement policy reform and modernisation strategies. Prior to this, he was a Commonwealth Economics Scholar in India.

Jonathan Pell - Director of Adam Smith International Australia

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Jonathan is the Director of ASI's Australian subsidiary with responsibility for the management of our AusAID funded projects and our portfolio of work in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this he was responsible for building ASI's consultancy services in private sector development and mining sector governance.  An economist by training, he joined the company in 2002 and has since successfully delivered a large number of economic growth and government reform programmes in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.  He has worked for a wide range of development agencies and directly for host governments. Jonathan continues to lead our global portfolio of market development (M4P) programmes.

Robin K George - Director of ASI Africa

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Robin K George is the Director of ASI Africa and provides oversight of our portfolio of projects in East and Southern Africa.  He has been with ASI since 2005 and has managed and directed a range of public administration, trade policy and centre of government reform projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also contributed extensively to the design and review of aid for trade strategies for donor agencies in South Asia and Africa. Since 2010 he has been based in Nairobi and  works closely with ASI's London based teams to direct ASI's operations in East and Southern African countries. Before joining ASI, Robin led the establishment of a South Asia focussed trade policy think tank and worked as Deputy Team Leader on a large DFID funded project in India.  He was also an Overseas Development Institute fellow with the Government of Fiji and a regional organisation in the Pacific. Robin began his career as an economist with Tata Motors in India.

Angie Kikkides - Human Resources Manager

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Angie Kikkides is a fully qualified CIPD professional who joined ASI in 1998.  She has an MA in Personnel & Development from Westminster University.  Angie is an HR generalist, highly knowledgeable in all areas of HR management, including compensation, benefits, diversity and internal communications.  As well as proactively keeping the business up-to-date with employment legislation, she manages employee relations and provides generalist HR support, advice, guidance and counsel to all practice areas as well as permanent and temporary overseas offices.

Matt Uzzell - Director, Infrastructure and Climate Change

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Matt is Director of ASIs Infrastructure and Climate Group with overall responsibility for ASIs global infrastructure and climate portfolio. An anthropologist by training, he joined the company in 2000 and has successfully led a large number of assignments across Africa, India, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

 

Matt has extensive experience of working with Sida, the World Bank, the IADB, PPIAF and DFID and particular expertise in managing and directing large multi-sector, multi-country infrastructure reform, development and financing projects. Matt brings significant international experience advising public organisations across a broad spread of infrastructure activities including the water, energy, communications and transport sectors-as well as numerous multi-sector projects.