Director of Operations and Development: Cecil Charles Wright (Chartered Accountant Zimbabwe). Charles is a former Partner of PwC (Pricewaterhousecoopers). He led the Management Consulting Division in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Botswana for 17 years, and is now 63. He is now a leading independent expert in three disciplines of Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Financial Management and Public Administrative Reform. He completed eight projects in the Agricultural Sector in Africa including :
- an evaluation of a very large Conservation Agriculture programme in Zambia, where 150 000 families received CA training, and crop yields quadrupled over five years
- an evaluation of a programme aimed at improving the livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi including the emerging use of cell phone technology to advise farmers of current market crop prices
- An evaluation of a large commercial rice farm of 50000 ha in Tanzania, where the small holder out-growers were able to produce yields that matched or sometimes exceeded those produced by the commercial farm .
- Four Agricultural projects while PwC partner in Zimbabwe
Charles brings extensive experience in the design, management, and monitoring & evaluation of large long term development programmes.