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Meet our Experts (Abt Britain Team)

At Abt Associates our experts work on projects that require in-depth sectoral knowledge, particularly in the areas of health, governance, economic growth, and climate change.  We marry experience operating in complex environments with tailored methodologies to help clients understand how change happens and, ultimately, how to effect it. Our leaders engage with projects from conceptualisation to final report, developing practical, affordable approaches to address complicated challenges.  From adaptive management to analytics, from open societies to health security, our in-house expertise enables us to adapt and mobilise the right people to meet client’ priorities today and as needs change.

Meet the people who can help your organisation achieve your goals:

Sarah Dunn
Managing Director, Abt Britain
Sarah Dunn, an experienced international development leader, is Managing Director of Abt Britain.  She oversees the UK growth strategy and leads and mentors our UK home office and program teams to ensure quality delivery. Sarah’s experience spans nearly two decades as a senior executive with the Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office).  At DFID, she worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Caribbean and held several executive and strategic advisory positions, including head of trade policy. Her public sector experience is complemented by a track record as a commercial manager in the energy sector and work in the private foundation and nongovernmental organization sectors.  She led strategy and partnership development for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and was part of the inaugural Executive team at The Power of Nutrition.
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Maia Gogoladze, Ph.D.
Team Leader, Technical Assistance Facility Eastern Partnership Program
Dr. Gogoladze has more than 17 years of management and technical experience in governance, public administration, and civil society. She focuses on political-economic assessment, policy analysis and reform, public procurement, organizational performance improvement, strategic planning, program budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation. As Team Leader for the Technical Assistance Facility Eastern Partnership program, she leads implementation in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova of support for government reform initiatives to improve institutional performance and quality of service delivery. She has held senior positions managing governance, public administration, and civil society strengthening programs in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine.
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Peter Levine
Adviser to the Managing Director, Abt Britain
Peter Levine, Adviser to the Managing Director, is a multi-disciplinary economic growth and private-sector development specialist with more than 25 years of experience in program management, new business development, and communications for complex international programs. This includes extensive work in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Central/Eastern Europe. He also served as acting head of Abt Britain Limited and oversaw the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office-funded Good Governance Fund: Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Facility.
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Fiona Mactaggart
Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning SpecialistFiona Mactaggart is a monitoring and evaluation and public health specialist at Abt, with 10 years of experience assessing health programs. As a senior member of Abt’s monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) practice, she contributes to program design and implementation, and institutional strengthening in four key areas: research (e.g., survey design), evaluation methodologies (e.g., contribution analysis), lessons learnt (e.g., peer-reviewed publications), and company capabilities (e.g., adaptive management). Visit Fiona’s full bio.

Matilda Nash
Technical Adviser – Governance and Practice Manager
Matilda Nash is a development professional with seven years of experience in programme management, business development, and technical assistance in governance and health. She currently supports the growth of Abt Associates in the UK and European marketplaces. She has experience in managing Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) proposals and then mobilising and operationalising programmes that require complex stakeholder management.
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Huw Sparkes
Programme Delivery Lead
Huw Sparkes, Abt Britain’s Programme Delivery Lead, is an operations, management, and finance professional with 17 years’ experience in the management of large, complex Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office programmes in challenging global locations. He has experience overseeing all operational aspects of projects, including finance, risk, compliance, commercial, and human resources. An experienced leader of head office project managers and field-based project finance, he is developing the capacity of Abt Britain’s project management team and its systems to implement large projects with operational excellence.
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