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Clare Manuel

Director - London, UK

Clare is legally qualified and has particular expertise in the areas of security and justice reform and private sector development. She has 25 years' experience as a qualified solicitor, gaining her initial experience in a City of London commercial law firm. Since then she has had nearly 20 years' experience of working at senior levels in Government - in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. From 1996-2000 she was an adviser to the Government of Uganda. Her role included supporting the development of a Government of Uganda Justice Sector Reform Strategy, embedded within Government's planning and resource allocation processes. Subsequently, as a founder and director of LDP she has advised extensively on security and justice issues in developing countries, particularly in multi-donor funding environments, developing affordable and realistic reform and investment programmes for Governments within the framework of medium term expenditure frameworks and poverty reduction strategies.

Richard Hooper

Associate - Nairobi, Kenya

Richard has over 25 years of experience in governance and institutional development, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and East Africa in particular. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Richard provides representation for LDP across East Africa, and leads on the design, implementation and evaluation of governance and security programmes, change management for civil service and judicial service organisations, and institutional development. Earlier in his career, Richard was a Senior Adviser to the multi-donor funded Uganda civil service reform programme, and a Financial Expert with the GTZ funded Relief and Rehabilitation Commission restructuring project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was previously based in Nairobi with Coopers & Lybrand, responsible for public and private sector consultancy projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Along with his extensive international development experience, Richard is a chartered accountant and has a thorough professional knowledge of financial management and accounting.

Deborah Mansfield

Principal Consultant - London, UK

Deborah is legally qualified and has expertise in the areas of investment climate and justice sector reform. She has 25 years' experience as a qualified solicitor and, after an initial period in practice in a commercial law firm, worked in development focused roles for the European Commission and the Law Society of England & Wales before joining LDP in 2006. From 2014 - 2017 Deborah was Team Leader of the Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme. LASER was a demand led, flexible DFID programme that helped developing countries better identify and solve commercial law and justice problems with the aim of improving the environment for business. In addition to commercial justice, she has worked extensively on gender aspects of investment climate reform and also on justice sector reform, in particular supporting national strategy development and planning.

Amy Wordley

Senior Manager - London, UK

Amy has over seven years' experience in international development, with a particular focus on justice, governance and monitoring, evaluation and learning. Amy has worked at LDP for over four years during which time she has managed and provided technical inputs into programmes funded by a range of donors including DFID, Danida, EBRD and OSF. From 2014 to May 2017, Amy managed the DFID-funded LASER programme country interventions in Rwanda and Sierra Leone providing operational and technical support to teams in-country. She also managed the monitoring, evaluation and learning component of the programme. Amy holds an MA in International Relations and French (University of St Andrews) and an LLM in International Human Rights Law (University of Essex). Amy speaks fluent French and has undertaken assignments in Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Somaliland.

Valentina Patti

Senior Manager - London, UK

Valentina has seven years' experience in the international development field, with a particular focus on economic growth, trade and private sector development issues. At LDP, she is responsible for managing and contributing to the technical delivery of an ample breadth of projects funded by DANIDA, DFID and TMEA, and implemented in East Africa and South Asia. She is also responsible for contributing to the identification and pursuit of business development opportunities, having sound knowledge of project cycle management and procurement processes of a variety of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. Valentina holds a BA in Law and an MA in Development Studies and Economics.

Georgia Plank

Consultant - London, UK

Georgia is a former public sector professional specialising in the fields of governance, security and justice reform. Her experience spans policy development, programme design, management and evaluation, and research. Previous roles include working on humanitarian programmes in Yemen, leading the implementation of DFID’s rule of law policy, and advising senior officials and politicians as private secretary to the Cabinet Office’s Permanent Secretary. Most recently, Georgia worked as a freelance consultant for the Overseas Development Institute, focusing on accountability and women’s empowerment. She holds an MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (SOAS) and a BA in History (University of Oxford).

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