Volunteer assignment: Coconut industry value chain, Mozambique 2006, Coffee program, Burundi and Kenya 2007
Current organization: McKinsey & Company
His experience: Fun, educational, impactful
Why did you apply to the Volunteer Consultant Program?
I first heard about TechnoServe from a colleague at McKinsey, and was drawn to the organization because of its pragmatic, business-like approach and the sense that it was somewhere I could use my experience as a McKinsey Business Analyst in a practical way on the ground in Africa.
What was your experience like on the ground?
I had such a good time working with TechnoServe that I came back several times! What particularly stood out to me was the analytical rigor that the organization brought to its work, but also the constant push for real impact. I will also always remember the amazing community of people I met while I was there – many of whom are still my friends today.
How has the program impacted you and your career?
TechnoServe was my first experience working in Africa, and since then I have spent much of my professional career on the continent. In retrospect my VolCon experience was very much an inflection point in my career – one that I am incredibly grateful that TechnoServe provided!
Where are you now?
I am currently a partner with McKinsey & Company based in London, but working a lot in Africa.
What advice would you give someone applying to the program?
Do it! It’s a great experience – you will have a great time, learn a lot and meet some fantastic people.