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Trade & Economic Development

Our extensive experience working with trade-focused clients, economic development organisations and international funds has given us an unrivalled understanding of what makes these organisations tick, and the type of people needed to drive forward ambitious agendas.

We’ve identified, appointed and supported leaders across the myriad of roles within complex multi-national organisations, from Technical Specialists to Chief Finance Officers and Executive Directors.

We understand that our clients in this space operate in multiple geographies on multifaceted development issues, which is why our geographically diverse and multilingual team are expertly placed to advise on leadership recruitment and development.

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Our Team

With a presence in Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin and North America, our highly experienced team of senior professionals with substantive and demonstrable global experience is led by Suzie Li.

Suzie Li

Suzie Li

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Suzie joined Oxford HR in 2018. A Tanzanian, Suzie has over 25 years of strategic Human Resources management experience in Africa, specialising in organisational design and development, strategy development, project management, executive recruitment, and assessment. Having previously worked for the African Development Bank, World Bank Group and International Finance Cooperation, Suzie has a track record of delivering ‘high touch’ assignments in complex, fast-moving organisations. She is solutions and relationships focused and accomplished in talent acquisition, project management and transformational coaching.

Her executive search assignments with Oxford HR in Africa, Asia and Europe include; African Development Bank, DAI, FSD Africa, International Solar Alliance, Islamic Development Bank, Gatsby, BRAC, Christian Aid, AGRA, iDE, SEforALL, Asian Development Bank and Shell Foundation. Suzie has worked in Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Switzerland, Dubai, and Japan.

Suzie holds a Master’s in Human Resources Management and is passionate about the economic developmental growth of Africa and her people. Suzie incorporates her equity, diversity, inclusion, coaching and counselling skills in the sourcing and preparation of talented executives in the global south.

Toby Weaver

Toby Weaver

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Toby joined Oxford HR in 2014, having spent 20 years working in international development with DFID providing top-level HR and management support to programme delivery, including recruitment, OD and remuneration. He also worked closely with the World Bank, EU, and Irish Aid in Southern Africa in the economic development sector, focusing on trade facilitation, growth, job creation, and public financial management. He was the DFID Lead working with The World Bank’s on “ease of doing business” methodology and country ratings, Multilateral Budget Support Basic Delivery Grants of over US$100 Million. He has also had extensive experience in the private sector in Africa.

He established and led operations in DFID’s offices in Addis Ababa, the Central Africa office in Harare, UK’s Field office in Lesotho and the South Africa regional office in Pretoria. With DFID, he cooperated Irish Aid, USAID, UNDP, and UNICEF. He has worked extensively with AFDB, ISA, GCF TMEA, IFAD, IWMI/CGIAR Group, Plan, CARE USA, Blue Ventures and BRAC, managing successful executive search campaigns.  These include IFAD’s AVP Finance and numerous Director roles with AFBD, BRAC and FSDA.

He has in-country experience in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arabia Thailand, and South Korea.  He worked on major assignments with Oxford HR and DFID in Ethiopia Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, and Afghanistan.  Toby has an honours degree in law and is MCIPD accredited.

Ottilia Dube

Ottilia Dube

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Ottilia joined Oxford HR in 2021. As a Senior Executive and Consultant in human resources, Ottilia has over 25 years of experience in the for-purpose and private sectors in Southern Africa with remit over African and Global Teams. She has worked for organisations as diverse as DFID, Oxfam, SOS Children’s Village and Action Aid, Sasol, and De Beers, covering Africa and Global teams.

She brings a deep knowledge of Africa’s HR markets and expertise in search, recruitment for special projects, international relocations, change management, people policy and procedure development and implementation, compensation and benefits systems development and management, and safeguarding.

Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration, Ottilia holds an MBA and is passionate about life, career and relationship coaching.

Karen Twining

Karen Twining

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Karen has over 30 years of experience in International Development. She has worked with Oxford HR since 2008 and has expertise in private sector/economic development, conflict/peace-building and senior leadership positions. She has supported the Gatsby Foundation to fill over 60 posts and has a vast worldwide network.

Born in Sudan, Karen has lived and worked in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Sudan. Her previous roles include ten years with Oxfam GB, including starting the first Oxfam office in Darfur; Head of the Rwanda Secretariat at International Alert after the Genocide; Africa Regional Coordinator at ActionAid, covering 18 countries; and the first CEO of IDE UK, working with market development programmes in Africa and Asia. An Oxford graduate, Karen was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex and is a Trustee of Elrha and SOS Sahel International UK. She is passionately committed to increasing diversity in leadership in Africa.

Nicholas Sutcliffe

Nicholas Sutcliffe

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As Managing Director of Oxford HR’s Asia operation, Nick is responsible for the development of its regional business and thought leadership.

Nick brings over 20 years of international business experience and particular expertise in the Asian context. A seasoned business leader with extensive experience advising on C-Suite Strategies including HR Transformation, Innovation, Business and Economic Drivers, through to Digital Transformation.

Formerly Executive Director of The Conference Board, Asia – with mission to help Business better serve society. Nick has supported enterprise drive economic development across Asia.

As a thought leader in Innovation, HR Strategy – Future of Work, Digital Transformation, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Business Strategy. Experience in partnering with global consultants – Korn Ferry, KPMG, McKinsey and Mercer, etc. to design, develop and deliver multiple advisories, training, and research programs. Having published a broad range of business-led research encompassing all facets of the future of work and regional talent and workforce analytics.

Erik van Weert

Erik van Weert

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Erik (Director Europe) is based in the Netherlands and has over 25 years of experience in international development. He has a strong track record in organizational development, resource mobilisation (> 100 M) and building successful teams and partnerships.

He has an extensive track record in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa with SNV Dutch Development Organisation and Enabel (Belgium Development Agency) in Sudan, Bolivia and Ecuador. He worked with ERAC impact consultancies, Rutgers and RNW Media in the Netherlands as a lead consultant and business development director.

Erik has an MBA focused on organisational strategy and innovation and a Master International Development Studies and Social Geography. He is passionate about organisational transformations, the fourth industrial revolution and supporting organisations to grow their impact.

Helen Dalton

Helen Dalton

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Helen has over 25 years of experience in international development. Her work has taken her across the globe, including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Thailand, the Republic of Georgia, and the UK, and she has worked in sectors as diverse as women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods, governance and civil society strengthening, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening and refugee health. Before joining Oxford HR, Helen was the EA Regional Director for the BOMA project. Her previous roles have included senior management positions in Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, AED (FHI360), the Commonwealth Foundation and the International Rescue Commission.

In addition to an extensive international development network, Helen brings extensive experience in executive recruitment and organisational development, having directly recruited senior staff, built cohesive teams, supported change management, and set up NGO boards. She is keenly aware of client needs and is committed to ensuring the seamless delivery of accomplished and diverse candidates for Oxford HRs clients. Helen is a citizen of Kenya and has an MPhil degree from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones

Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones

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Anne-Catherine has over 25 years of international experience as a recruiter and entrepreneur in both the non-profit and private sectors. She joined Oxford HR in 2021 and has worked extensively in Trade & Economic Development roles, such as the African Development Bank and Transform Trade. She has a keen interest in Fairtrade and trade barriers.

She started her career with the Belgian Foreign Trade Board, working in the private sector as an entrepreneur in digital innovation and for a slow fashion social enterprise in Vietnam.

Anne-Catherine seeks leaders with the ethics, creativity, skills and experience necessary to “change the world”. She has committed to sourcing high-performing talent, emphasising diversity and inclusion.

Born Belgian, but having spent more than half her life overseas, including 20 years in South Africa, she is used to working across cultures and borders. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and ICHEC (economics & international relations), she is fluent in English and French and conversational in German, Dutch and Spanish.

Neil Berry

Neil Matabane-Berry

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Neil has over 20 years of work experience in the private, public, and academic sectors, working within the UK, Germany, and South Africa. After an early career in the private sector, he transitioned to a role as a government economic development specialist for the creative and cultural industries in London. Reporting to both the Mayor of London and central government, he was responsible for promoting and growing the diversity, depth, and energy of the creative industries through engaging with corporate stakeholders, encouraging private and public investment, providing support for business growth, and promoting London as an international centre for culture and commerce.

He has a Master’s in International Relations, focused on resource nationalism across sub-Saharan Africa, and a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town. Joining Oxford HR in 2021, he has worked extensively on roles in economic development with the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Bonsucro, The Ethical Tea Partnership, SNV and iDE Global.

Jenna Pilley

Jenna Pilley

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Heading a team of organisational psychologists and leadership experts at Oxford HR, Jenna focuses on helping organisations at an organisation, team and individual level. She has lived and worked in Southern Africa and the UK and has a background in organisational psychology with interest in psychometric assessments.

She has worked with private, public, and purpose-driven organisations in Africa, Europe, Asia, LATAM and America and has experience in several industries, including Trade & Economic Development. Clients she has personally provided leadership development services included Bonsucro, Ethical Tea Partnership, Gatsby Africa (over 60 assessments done in 2022 alone), TMEA, TCA, GCF and GAIN. An overview of those services can be found in this document.

We have an impressive track record of finding and supporting executives in strategic positions

These include CEOs, VPs and Directors in trade, agribusiness, regional integration, private sector development, market systems development, financial inclusion, social enterprise, impact investment, sustainable livelihoods initiatives, and other social and environmental impact vehicles/institutions.

Oxford HR has established and continues to maintain long-term working relationships with; The African Development Bank, TradeMark Africa, Gatsby Africa, BRAC International, SNV, The Green Climate Fund, SEforALL, Better Cotton Initiative, Bonsucro, Ethical Tea Partnership, AsDB, IFAD and leading INGOs, including Care International, Save The Children, Practical Action, PLAN, and the African Capacity Building Foundation.

African Development Bank (AfDB)

  • Vice President – ICT, Corporate
  • Senior Director Nigeria
  • Director Compliance Review and Mediation Unit
  • Director, Strategy and Operational Policies
  • Chief Infrastructure Investment Officer
  • Director Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Director of African Natural Resources Centre
  • Director Non-Sovereign Operations and Private Sector Support Departments
  • Director Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development
  • Director, Country Economics
  • Director, Financial Management
  • Director, Syndication and Financial Technical Services
  • Head of Unit, Ethics Office
  • Manager, Operation Office Implementation

IFAD: Economic Development in Agriculture

  • Vice President of Finance
  • General Counsel
  • HR Director
  • Deputy Director of Audit and Control
  • Country Program Manager – Nigeria

Sustainable Energy For All

  • Communications Director
  • Regional Director of Asia
  • Regional Director of Asia
  • HR Consultancy – Skills Audit


  • Director, Knowledge Leadership
  • Donor Reporting & Compliance Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Country Director Tanzania
  • Country Manager Mozambique


  • Business Development Manager
  • Senior Business Development Officer
  • Budget Officer
  • Global Head of Risk and Compliance
  • Global Nutrition Lead
  • Global Safeguarding and Inclusion Advisor
  • Global Youth Employment Lead


  • Board Members
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Chief Executive Officer

Gatsby Africa

Over 60 roles including:

  • Country Directors
  • Forestry Programme Director
  • Cotton and Textile Programme Directors
  • Investment Director
  • People Director
  • Communications Director
  • Many operational and technical roles

Ethical Tea Partnership

  • Chair and Board Review
  • Executive Director
  • Strategy Lead, Africa
  • Head of Programmes
  • Head of Communications
  • Head of Finance
  • Business and Innovation Lead
  • Livelihoods and Gender Lead


  • CEO
  • Director of Engagement and Markets
  • Director of International Programmes
  • Interim HR Manager
  • Impact Funding Manager
  • Standards and Assurance Director
  • Data Manager
  • Standards Manager
  • Regional Head Asia Pacific

Better Cotton Initiative

  • CEO
  • Standards and Assurance Director

Green Climate Fund

  • General Counsel
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Chief Administration Officer
  • Deputy Chief Finance Officer
  • Head of Risk Management and Compliance
  • Risk Manager
  • Internal Audit Specialist
  • Internal Auditor
  • Fiduciary Compliance Specialist
  • Evaluation Specialist
  • Deputy Director, Division Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Human Security, Livelihoods and Well-being Sector Specialist
  • Senior Agriculture and Food Security Specialist
  • Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, DMA
  • Senior Renewable Energy Specialist, DMA
  • Climate Impact Area Lead (Energy and Industry)
  • Climate Impact Area Lead (Land, Forests, and Ecosystems)
  • Climate Impact Area Lead (Wellbeing of People)
  • Climate Impact Area Lead (Built Environment)

iDE Global

  • CEO
  • Vice President Asia
  • Vice President, Africa and Business Development
  • Vice President, Operations
  • Country Director Nepal
  • Country Director Bangladesh
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Our team has diverse expertise across this sector, from identifying and recruiting talent, to appraising leaders and developing Boards.

We work closely with key stakeholders to ensure that our projects are as comprehensive as possibleso our clients are able to focus wholly on their mission at hand. Regardless of where you are based, Oxford HR’s global capabilities can help further organisational impact and use leadership to create a more prosperous, resilient and inclusive world.

Some of our current roles

Part Time
Africa, Kenya, Nairobi
Posted 2 weeks ago

Status: Open

TMA is seeking to recruit two dynamic and visionary individuals with a deep understanding of trade issues on the African continent, extensive professional networks and regional influence.

Job Features

Job CategoryHelen, Prisca, Trade
LocationFlexible with occasional travel for Board meetings and occasional visits to countries in which TMA operates
RemunerationUS $20,000 per annum
Time commitmentNot likely to be less than 20 days a year on Board and Committee meetings, plus additional time spent on representational duties.
Closing date12 June 2023
Full Time
North America, USA, Washington DC
Posted 2 months ago

Status: Open

The Senior Business Development Director provides senior level management of Connexi business development strategy with the goal of identifying and winning commodity supply chain market opportunities.
Business Development Strategy & Leadership
  • Oversees all business development at Connexi, from building and maintaining client relationships to implementing capture efforts to preparing proposals. Responsible for quality assurance/control of the proposal process and final proposal product.
  • Drives sales and backlog generation by designing and executing targeted marketing and sales strategies and plans for Connexi's business lines.
  • Leads market analysis to identify business opportunities within Connexi’s target markets.
  • Based on market analysis, leads the development and implementation of Connexi’s business development strategy, including client identification and engagement, and formulates annual business and work plans, including new directions and approaches to grow the company and increase market share.
  • In collaboration with Connexi leadership, develops and implements strategies to optimize Connexi profitability and win rates.
  • Analyzes win/loss information and proposal debriefs to improve proposal processes and content.
  • Participates in problem solving with respect to business development and client engagement and responds immediately to critical situations, developing solutions that meet Connexi needs.
Client Relations
  • Identifies, researches, and actively engages with potential clients to develop and secure new business opportunities.
  • Develops and maintains client relationships, and oversees, manages, and prioritizes business opportunities; leads initiatives to leverage new revenue streams; and designs and implements holistic and client specific communication and outreach plans, ensuring that they are informative, effective, and engaging. • Establishes and nurtures collaborative relationships with partners, subcontractors, technical specialists, and clients.
Proposal & Bid Development
  • Undertakes leadership role in proposal development, analyzing, and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and pricing strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
  • Structures proposal teams and provides vision and leadership to proposal efforts.
  • Plays lead roles in proposals such as technical writer and proposal strategist; conducts proposal reviews.
  • Collaborates with Connexi technical team to support the development of technical products, service offerings, and value propositions to maintain full alignment with client requirements and build competitive advantage.
  • Supports Connexi’s technical team to assess needs for client presentations and ensure that they have the necessary collateral during pitches. Customizes presentations, case studies, and other key collateral to match client needs and present a value proposition that aligns with different clients’ needs.

Job Features

Job CategoryDom, Health, Humanitarian, Livelihoods & Agriculture, Maria G, Trade
LocationDubai, India, Portugal, or Washington, DC
Closing Date21st May

Business Development Strategy & Leadership Oversees all business development at Connexi, from building and maintaining client relationships to implementing capture efforts to preparing proposals. ...

Oxford HR
Posted 5 months ago

Status: Open

We are fully committed to our work on gender and diversity, so if you’re from an under-represented group we are particularly keen to hear from you.

Job Features

Job CategoryAC, Adrina, Alanna, Alisha, Amanda, Ana, Angeline, Anna, Arni, Bob, Christel, Data, Dom, Education, Environment, Erica, Erik, Estefania, Evelyne, George, Health, Helen, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Hye, Jennifer, Josje, Judy, Karen, Lewis, Lisanne, Livelihoods & Agriculture, Maria G, Mark W, Martine, Mayank, Mia, Michael, Michelle, Nada, Nafeesa, Neil, Nick, Nicola, Noha, Ottilia, OxHR Jobs, Peter, Prisca, Rachel, Razane, Robert, Rosa, Rose, Sobhi, Suzie Li, Tamsin, Team, Thibaut, Toby, Trade, Yolanda, Zoe
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