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Independent Consultant/
Lecturer and Visiting Scholar
University of California Berkeley, School of Information
(2008-Present)│Berkeley, CA and global

Utilizing more than 15 years of experience to consult for, teach and train diverse stakeholders in Rule of Law and Access to Justice. Researching, launching and managing pilot projects to test ICT and innovative ideas for access to justice. Founded BarefootLawyers International, a global capacity building and training social enterprise for legal empowerment. 

· Testing and initiating creative pilot projects including technological applications for access to justice, financial models for legal aid, using film for legal empowerment.

· Consulting: Providing traditional management and technical consulting services for law and development/access to justice programs, with practice areas that include: technical advice, executive management, program management, training, research, program design, proposal writing, implementation, representation, report writing and monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, providing training, and consulting on the use of relevant and appropriate technology to promote impact. Recent clients include IREX/USAID, The Asia Foundation and Ugandan Legal Aid Society.

· Teaching and Training: Acting as a link between practice and academia to leverage knowledge and resources. Researching, learning and teaching relevant topics in academia, and applying innovation and best practices to consulting practice. Recent audiences include UC Berkeley, Makerere University Uganda and various local CSOs. Teaching classes on Law, Development and ICT

Managing Director
(2010-2012)│The Hague, Netherlands, and 6 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe

Provided executive leadership and program management to successfully transform a Legal Empowerment organization into a professionally managed international NGO, headquartered in The Netherlands with six country offices and 150 international and local staff in three continents. Introduced innovative programs to promote access to justice. Designed ICT solutions to streamline internal operations and to increase program impact. Conducted systematic training to increase staff capacity. Diversified donor base to include the EU and private donors.

· Leadership and Executive Management:

o Transitioned expanding organization to a professionally managed international NGO

o Led and oversaw the complex and diverse tasks of leading an international NGO including: executive management, personnel and team supervision, direct programmatic oversight, financial and operational responsibilities, ongoing training and support to country and field offices, program and business development, and donor management.

o Conducted strategic planning organization wide, with support from board and founder. Implemented mid-term and short-term strategies and work plans to improve the efficiency and impact of country operations and programs.

o Reorganized governance and international and local staffing structures.

o Optimized organizational systems including internal operations, financial control and M&E (monitoring and evaluation).
o Conducted training and capacity building for management, staff and partner development.

o Represented organization in various meetings, workshops and conferences
o Created and managed donor relations. Drafted grant proposals and undertook fundraising for program and business development.

o Managed donor relations, practiced financial oversight, created collaborative partnerships, and ensured compliance with requirements for all funders including key EU international co-operation donors, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in-country Embassies, and FMO Dutch Development Bank.

· Program Management:

o Directly oversaw programs in country offices. Served as primary manager/COP (Chief-of-Party) of multiple projects; led management cycles of planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.

o Developed, implemented, and evaluated innovative legal empowerment programs focusing on property and land rights, women’s rights, minority rights, empowerment of the poor and civil society capacity building. Researched and trained staff on relevant in-country legal issues.

o Implemented an innovation-centric programming methodology that included fee-for-service legal aid models, designing a paralegal network, new modes of training, cost-cutting, strategic partnerships, practical research that utilizes participatory research methodologies, effective capacity development approaches, and the use of technology.

o Led research, analysis and dialogue on basic and other legal rights; contributed to relevant policy discussions at national levels.

o Oversaw multiple project components simultaneously, and managed international and local personnel, multiple donors, and local partners.

o Provided technical assistance of project activities and training to country offices, program partners and government, while building strong relationships with counterparts.

Director, ICT for Governance and Law/
Asst Director, Governance and Law
The Asia Foundation
(2004-2008)│San Francisco, USA and 17 Countries in Asia

Provided technical and programmatic support for multiple thematic areas within the Governance and Law Program through The Asia Foundation’s network of 17 country offices in Asia. Additionally, led, developed and implemented the ICT for Governance and Law program, a new and innovative program that introduced and integrated the use of technology to promote impact within the traditional Governance and Law Program. Trained staff and stakeholders to increase capacity. Expanded program size to USD$9M with 30 projects in 14 countries, with diverse public and private donors including USAID. Awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence 2007.

· Provided technical and programmatic support for multiple thematic areas within the Governance and Law Program through The Asia Foundation’s network of 17 country offices in Asia:

· Led, developed, implemented and otherwise managed the ICT for Governance and Law program, a new and innovative program that introduced and integrated the use of technology within the traditional Governance and Law Program. Sectoral areas included legal and judicial reform, mediation and informal justice, local governance, civil society development, counter corruption, and parliamentary development.

· Formulated overall program vision, strategies, and methodologies expanded program to include sub-sectors of eGovernance, eLaw and eCivilSociety.

· Directly supervised ICT program staff and coordinated closely with country-based directors and staff to increase impact of programs through the use of ICT. Provided strong strategic, management and technical assistance to country offices, ensuring the integration of cross-cutting issues.

· Directly managed or supported staff in 30 projects in 14 countries, including in challenging developing country contexts.

· Built local capacities through designing and implementing training in using technology to strengthen the Rule of Law.

· Developed program, created proposals and budgeting, developed work plans, oversaw program reporting, designed monitoring and evaluation systems, provided program-wide programmatic, financial and operational support and facilitated smooth program operations.

· Ensured program impact in eGovernance and eLaw through research, innovative design, effective implementation and vigorous monitoring and evaluation, and extensive trained internal and external stakeholders.

· Managed portfolio of ICT for governance and law grant-funded programs, USAID rules and regulations and experience in budgeting, procurement, and financial management.

· Managed and built partnerships with diverse donors including technology companies, foundations and bi-lateral donors including USG and USAID, AusAid, CIDA and others.

· Represented organization and worked collaboratively with bi- and multilateral donors.

· Developed knowledge management focusing on identifying innovative design, improving impact and sharing lessons learnt internally and externally with national and local counterparts.

Director, Strategy & Programs
International Medical Corps
(2002-2004)│Los Angeles, USA, Indonesia (on-site) and global

Increased organizational efficiency and program impact as part of senior management of a US$60M international humanitarian/human rights NGO with programs in 22 countries. Planned and facilitated an organizational wide strategic management process, including technology optimization and strategic planning. Directly resolved problems in field. Resolved problematic programs. Achieved recognition in press & media.

· Developed and implemented organizational wide technology planning

· Led strategic planning

· Successfully implemented special projects and program troubleshooting

Dean’s Research and Teaching Associate
University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs
(1999-2002)│Seattle, USA and Europe

Supported academic and managerial activities for Dean of School of Public Affairs, with a focus in international development. Conducted consulting and research for various NGO clients. Taught and assisted in diverse graduate level courses on Law and Development, NGO Management and International Development. Received Dean’s Commendation for Excellence.

· Consulted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in strategic planning, including extensive research in 12 cities in US and Europe

· Planned and implemented multiple annual International NGO Presidents’ retreats on Rights-Based Approaches;

· Spearheaded the “Better Safer World” campaign between 9 prominent NGOs

· Supported organizational re-engineering project for World Vision International

· Researched extensively and independently on current issues of International Development; wrote and published numerous articles, including a book chapter

· Taught international development and management classes; supported facilitation of numerous workshops

· Led and managed project teams

· Proposal writing and fundraising

Special Assistant to the Country Director
CARE International
(1995-1999)│Thailand, China, Kosovo, and Seattle USA

Performed management, training and special tasks for CARE in Headquarters and Field. Designed and implemented Monitoring and Evaluation system in Thailand. Set up and stabilized new China office and programs after 8 year country absence. Performed human rights documentation and relief work in post-war Kosovo. Supported fundraising activities in Seattle business development office. Received CARE Certificate of Appreciation.

· Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand: Supported country director in management, strategy, research, and implementation of CARE Thailand’s programs. Assisted in managing and implementing countrywide HIV/AIDS legal empowerment program. Researched and documented relevant legal and social HIV/AIDS issues. Designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation system. Prepared grant proposals.

· Guangxi and Beijing, China: Set up China office after 8 year country absence. Initiated and solidified local partnerships with legal empowerment community-based-organizations. Designed and developed four new programs, evaluated three programs.

· Pristina, Kosovo: Performed human rights documentation and relief work in post-war emergency.

· Atlanta and Seattle USA: Supported fund-raising and grant writing activities in Seattle fundraising (major gifts) office. Organized and implemented donor education seminars.

CS Teo & Partners Law Firm

Practiced public interest/legal aid law and general legal work. Practiced a range of law including criminal, contract, tort, family, insurance and property law, including litigation. Conducted mediation and negotiation sessions. Volunteered at the Singapore National Legal Aid Bureau. Achieved recognition in Singapore press.