Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—DAI’s staff are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.

Daxa Patel

Project Management, Delivery Process | [email protected]

Daxa Patel

Daxa is a Principal Consultant in our Project Management Unit. She has 15 years of national and international experience at every stage of the programme management life cycle. Daxa specialises in fiduciary risk and grant fund management. She has managed a variety of projects for donors including the U.K. Departments for International Development (DFID) and Energy and Climate Change, the European Commission, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and is currently managing the DFID-funded Hunger and Safety Net Programme II in Kenya. Recent assignments have included fiduciary risk management on the nationwide land tenure reform programme in Rwanda and management of pension scheme development and electronic payroll projects in South Sudan. On the long-term Closed Nuclear Cities Partnership in the Former Soviet Union, Daxa was responsible for introducing the financial management system; budget forecasting, planning and tracking; grant fund management; and introduction of value-added monitoring.


Cathy Shaw

Project Management | [email protected]

Cathy Shaw

Cathy has been with the company since 2001 and in that time has worked as team member or project director on projects in Kenya, Nigeria, and Russia, as well as eastern Europe and central Asia. Formerly a researcher in science-based economic development in transition countries, Cathy spent eight years working with U.K. and Canadian government-funded business creation projects to generate civilian jobs in defence sector-based economies in the former Soviet Union. She has also worked for European Commission and U.K. Department for International Development projects addressing climate change at national and regional levels. She has significant experience in delivering multicountry projects.

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