An Australian national, Paul grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to work with the Australian Agency for International Development specialising in rural development programs. This work eventually led him to work for the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva running their international programmes and managing staff in 12 countries.
Paul was asked by Lord Boateng of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) to join as an interim Chief Executive to lead on its restructure. Under his leadership he scaled the fund to over $300m and supported over 250 business projects across 24 African countries. In 2016 alone these projects impacted on the livelihoods of over 13 million rural people.
AECF has some parallels to Water Unite in providing catalytic financing to private sector companies in sectors that have an impact on low income and rural households. It seeks to bridge the “missing middle” that enables good inclusive business ideas to move from piloting to scale and to leverage in additional private capital.
Paul has developed deep relationships, meticulously across the institutional donor base from the IFC and World Bank through to development departments including DFID and SIDA and also the Australian, Dutch, Canadian and Danish governments.
Paul brings a wealth of talent and leadership experience to Water Unite, not least in being an expert in brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships and finding win-win solutions to complex problems.