Agha Hussain

Washington DC

President

A well-reputed entrepreneur, development practitioner, and a management consultant, previously working with all major consulting groups in Pakistan including PWC, Grant Thornton and Hagler Bailly (Tetra Tech, US) and The World Bank. Mr. Hussain brings along 25 years of versatile experience with last fifteen (15) years as an entrepreneur. Worked directly or while representing clients with all major national and international donor agencies and development financial institutions including the World Bank, USAID, ADB, Oxfam Novib, Packard Foundation, Care International, RTI, British High Commission, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBF), International Development Research Center (IDRC), Johanniter International, to name few. Hussain brings along hands-on experience and training in business process analyses, re-engineering & automation, organizational change, technology consulting, management consulting, due diligence, market research, business intelligence, performance audits and litigation support. Hussain has worked in a cross section of industry verticals that include Retail, Telecom, IT, Infrastructure, Cement, Financial Services, Public Sector Universities, SME’s, Construction, Textile, and Beverage.

Mr. Hussain is a Certified Finance & Accounting Professional (ICAP), Certified Financial Consultant – IFC Canada and Certified Public Accountant (ICPAP).

Maria Agha

Washington DC

Vice President

Currently working as VP Operations in STRAP in the US (Oakland, CA). She has been actively involved in monitoring & evaluation (M&E) for the Non-Governmental Sector (NGO) working with all the major donor agencies with a special focus on impact assessments and progress reporting on the key performance indicators, interpolating results and analyzing trends and advising on the operating effectiveness of the project. Ms. Maria has professional experience using statistical software packages and large datasets. She has strong analytical skills and fluency with quantitative research methods. She has the ability to synthesize new information quickly and develop expertise in a range of research areas and policy issues. A trained researcher for BBC GMR has worked in the UK for three years while conducting two live programs leading and coordinating supplement programs for the Northern area in the UK. She was the lead journalist covering the Youth Supplement for the Telegraph and Argus Daily tabloid and has extensively traveled throughout Europe.

Ms. Agha has MSc. Strategic Information Systems Management, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and BA Hons Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She has also taken Higher National Diploma HND from Manchester City College, UK.

Alex Boyd

Oakland, California

Adviser

Alex Boyd is an international business strategy and economic development professional with a wide range of private sector development, competitiveness, value chain development and business planning experience, both in the U.S. and overseas. He specializes in assisting regions, and industries and individual firms within those regions to compete helping to facilitate their sustained and profitable participation in overseas competitive markets by translating industry and market trends into concrete business opportunities. His primary area of work has been as a competitiveness and private sector development practitioner, having worked extensively in areas such as SME competitiveness, value chain and cluster analysis and strengthening, access to finance, association and organizational development and trade and investment promotion across a wide range of industries and economic sectors, as well as the design of region and country-level innovation and competitiveness enabling program.

Mr. Boyd has Masters in Pacific and International Affairs from University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).