Patricia Sturgess has a unique background that combines more than 15 years of experience in the private, public, and voluntary sectors, with expertise in international relations, conflict and security, political analysis, livelihoods, and aid management. With a long-standing interest in international and community development, she has volunteered in Ecuador, Peru, and Guatemala with Global Vision International and interned with the former U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Bolivia. Having joined the DAI (formerly HTSPE) Business Development team in 2012, Patricia is now Principal Consultant within the Technical Services team in DAI’s U.K. office, focusing on governance issues. During her tenure with DAI, she has been involved in multiple aspects of proposal development for donor-funded projects, from technical content to commercial offers. Her current business development efforts centre on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, benefitting from her seven years of experience as a government analyst where she developed expertise in Middle Eastern affairs and conflict analysis. Patricia has successfully completed a range of consultancy assignments for the former U.K. Department for International Development and the World Bank. An accomplished writer, Patricia has authored numerous reports, learning guides, and promotional materials. She wrote early drafts of the strategic business case for the Land Investment for Transformation Programme in Ethiopia.



Helle Weeke

Helle Weeke specializes in trade, investment, and legal development issues. As Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, she supported the release of the Provincial Competitiveness Index.

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