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Kevin Stovell - BSc (Eng) ACGI FICE

Kevin is a chartered civil engineer with a career in the energy and construction industries spanning over 40 years. During that time he worked for contractors and consulting firms in the oil and gas, power and civil infrastructure sectors. He was, from 2002 to 2015, a member of Mott MacDonald's Group Board, with spells as the group's International MD and as Strategic Development Director. Together with his core expertise managing projects, he has a strong background in the developing world and in the design and implementation of PPP.

His experience in the developing world has included expatriate assignments in Gabon, Cameroon, Congo and Nigeria with projects executed on a visiting basis in many other countries in Africa and Asia. Later, from a base in Dubai he managed for three years a very large consulting business with strong presence in the Gulf states, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, frequently visiting those countries and constantly involved in major infrastructure developments.

Kevin has expertise in project finance, specifically the structure of PPP projects and programmes. Right from its early days in the 1990s and through to the present, he has been involved in the provision of public infrastructure by the private sector. This included PPP programmes in the transport, energy and water sectors as well as the soft infrastructure areas of health and education.

Mike Blackburn

Mike is a Chartered civil engineer with over 40 years' experience of developing, supervising and managing projects in the water and wastewater sector, working for contractors, local authorities and engineering consultants.

He worked for Mott MacDonald from 1977 until 2013, being responsible for management of major water and wastewater projects, such as the Mumbai Sewerage Project, Shanghai Water Master Plan, Bangalore Water Supply Phase IV, Kampala Sanitation Masterplan, Maputo and Beira Water Supply projects, Uganda Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project, St Petersburg Northern and Southern Sewage Incinerators and Hub/Pipri water supply in Karachi.

He also worked as a seconded consultant to the World Bank between 1994 and 1998, developing water and sanitation projects in Central Asia, as part of a Bank team, to meet the Bank funding requirements. He has advised IFIs and private sector lenders on technical and environmental aspects of PPP water sector projects and concessions in China, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

From 2009 until his retirement from MM in 2013 he was the Group Practice Manager for water and environment, responsible for the development and co-ordination, and maintenance of technical standards of the Group's global water and environment business, which comprised over 2000 staff operating in over 30 countries worldwide.

Until his retirement he was a Supervising Civil Engineer for the Institution of Civil Engineers, responsible for the training and development of graduate engineers with the company up to the standards required by the Institution for Membership.

Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson is the co-founder and Technical Director of Fiscus Limited and was until July 2007, the Director of the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) at the Overseas Development Institute, London. He is a qualified economist, with an extensive experience of the design and implementation of PFM reforms, of PFM diagnostics and of complex evaluation work, including the management of multi-disciplinary teams and multi-country studies. He has led a number of major evaluations, and has established a reputation for a rigorous and insightful evaluation approach, with a strong emphasis on follow-up actions, through honest and open communication with stakeholders during the evaluation process, careful development of recommendations, and clear presentation of final results and proposed next steps. He has also led several PEFA assessments as well as analyses of public expenditure in education, health, agriculture, and the environment.

Andrew has specialised in the design and evaluation of budget support and financial aid instruments. He was co-author (with David Booth) of the OECD-DAC framework for the evaluation of General Budget Support (2004) and subsequently applied it in evaluations of the Tanzania PRBS (2004–05) and the Ghana MDBS (2006–07). With Enzo Caputo and Martin van der Linde, he updated the OECD-DAC framework in 2008 and has applied the new OECD-DAC framework as leader of multi-donor evaluations of Budget Support in Mali (2011), Tanzania (2012-13), Mozambique (2013-14), Sierra Leone (2015) and Paraguay (2015). He was also senior adviser on a meta-evaluation of EU macro-financial assistance to Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Andrew is a strong communicator with a wide experience in training, capacity development and senior level advice to strategic management. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and has undertaken consultancy and training assignments in each of these languages.

Martin Kalungu-Banda

Martin is a consultant in leadership and organisation development; a designer and facilitator of innovation and organisation change processes; a trainer, coach and author. Martin serves as Core-Faculty Member of the Presencing Institute. In the last 10 years, he has been visiting faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the London Business School, Copenhagen Business School and the Blekinge Institute of Technology. Martin trains and coaches business, government and civil society leaders in different parts of the world. Since September 2010, Martin serves as an adviser to the Africa Governance Initiative – playing the role of Thinking Partner with Secretaries to Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff to a number of Heads of State in African. Between March 2005 and May 2008, Martin served as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia.

He is the author of the bestseller Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006) which has been translated into six languages including Dutch and Hindi; It's How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009) and On the Wings of Others: How to Access Life's Greatest Opportunities (2015). Martin holds professional qualifications in Organisation Development and Coaching; and academic qualifications in Public Affairs, Philosophy, Development Studies and Anthropology.

Nigel Nixon

Mr Nixon is a Chartered Engineer with has had more than thirty years experience in the project management, planning, design and construction of major civil engineering and building projects involving harbours, marine terminals, infrastructural projects, container/intermodal/automotive yards throughout the world. Since 1970 he has served as design engineer responsible for the design for R100 million marina complex in South Africa and in 1979 he formed a consulting Practise Nigel Nixon and Associates latterly Nigel Nixon and Partners, of which he is Chairman. He served as the Company's President and project Director on many of the firm's structural, civil, road and paving works in the UK and throughout the world. He presented many papers at various International Institutions and Conventions worldwide.

Nigel has also been involved in major maritime and transport related feasibility studies and is a regular Speaker at Maritime and Intermodal Conferences. Since setting up the company's US subsidiary, Nigel Nixon and Partners Inc., he has been responsible for all aspects of the company's road and paving works whilst taking particular interest in port and transportation logistics and auto/intermodal terminals

Through his other company, Martindale McAndrew of which he is Managing Director, he has been responsible for project managing, co­ordinating and value engineering a number of large and prestigious development projects throughout the United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Germany, utilising his wealth of experience in the Construction and Development Industry. He is also an advisor to a number of Construction Groups and large Corporate Companies and has done projects in Ukraine, Pakistan, Mexico, the Caribbean, Oman, Latvia, Bahrain and Thailand.

Jim Southworth BSc. (Hons) C.Eng. MICE. FCIWEM. C.Env

Jim Southworth is internationally experienced in executive and operational management of companies in the utility sector. From 1976 Jim was based in the UK specialising in capital delivery and operational management of utilities. In 1992 Jim moved overseas as Business Development Director of United Utilities to pursue infrastructure delivery and utility operations. His appointments have included roles as CEO and Chairman in Canada, USA, Mexico, Eastern Europe and Middle East.

Jim now has an independent consultancy based in the UK, Canada and Bulgaria providing services to private companies and public sector with clients based in the UK, Sub Saharan Africa, Europe, Japan, Middle East and North America.

Jim is a non-executive director of blu-3 a UK based utility construction company, a regular speaker at international conferences and Chairman of IWRI a UK based water charity.