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Managing Director, Abt Britain

Bernadette Sexton is a recognized leader in the design and delivery of international development programs across multiple sectors, including governance, economic development, poverty alleviation, health and education. She has extensive experience in Africa and Asia and has built alliances among public, private and non-state actors to drive development impact. 

At Abt Associates, Sexton directs strategy and manages delivery of programs for clients in the UK and Europe, leveraging Abt’s deep capabilities in international development, social policy research and program evaluation.

Before joining Abt, Sexton was a client development lead for McKinsey & Company’s Global Public & Social Sector Practice and was based in London. Prior to that, she established the Public Administration & Governance practice at Maxwell Stamp PLC, London, where she advised development agencies on a range of economic and social development topics focused on institutional effectiveness and good governance.

Sexton has a deep interest in development aid effectiveness, having served multiple donors, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO),  World Bank, Danida and European Commission during the past 15 years.


  • Team leadership
  • Program design and management
  • Governance and institution building
  • International development
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Civil society
Bernadette Sexton