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David Smith David Smith
Director - Private Sector Development

With over 30-years' experience in the management of teams and projects, David brings considerable expertise to IPE Triple Line. He is a specialist in grant programme management, monitoring and evaluation, private sector development, agricultural development, governance, policy and research. David has designed, managed, implemented and evaluated a number of DFID challenge funds including the Governance & Transparency Fund and the Development Awareness Fund. He also works with the multi-donor Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and the MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity and has been the independent monitor for the AusAid Enterprise Challenge Fund. David has worked as an advisor and has designed a number of other grant funds including: economic empowerment of the extreme poof in Bangladesh and the Common Fund for Commodities. David was responsible for the value for money analysis of the CSO grant portfolio of the Department for International Development (DFID)'s Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) and the Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF), supporting DFID to improve understanding of value for money in grant management. Prior to forming IPE Triple Line in 1999, David worked with URS/Dames & Moore in London from 1995-1999. He has also worked as an economist and general manager of the Coffee Industry Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (1990-3) and as an economist with the National Farmers' Union in London (1981-1990). 

David has an MBA from City University Business School, London, and was awarded an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University. He holds a BA in Economics & Agricultural Economics from Nottingham University. David speaks fluent French, basic Melanesian Pidgin and basic Russian.

David has country experience in:

  • Africa – Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • Asia/Pacific - Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Georgia, India, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Papua New Guinea
  • Europe - Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
  • Middle East - Egypt, Jordan, Syria

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