Sharon Low (Managing Partner)
Sharon is a humanitarian and development sector practitioner, who has worked extensively on public health and livelihoods issues in conflict-affected and fragile countries. She has worked on the design and implementation of impact evaluations and cross sectional surveys across Africa and Asia. Her expertise is on integrated organizational and project level monitoring and evaluation systems involving health systems, governance, natural resource management, market development, civil society as well as education. Sharon has worked for the Red Cross (IFRC), Aga Khan Foundation, and Medecins sans Frontieres in China, North Korea, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Liberia, Sudan and Myanmar. Her consulting clients include UNICEF, UNDP, IFRC, Health Poverty Action, INTERSOS, People in Need, Medecins du Monde, Trocaire, and Grameen Creative Lab @ NUS. She holds an MPH from BRAC University (Bangladesh) and a BA from the National University of Singapore. Sharon is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Amol Navangul (Managing Partner)
With 25 years of international experience in infrastructure advisory, strategy consulting and project management, Amol’s areas of specialization are renewable energy, natural resources, urban reforms, project finance and climate policy. He has worked on regulatory assistance and policy advocacy, investment analysis and risk management, and contracts management and dispute resolution. Amol has worked with World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Indian EXIM Bank and for global management and economic consultants in Africa and Asia, where he implemented large international projects and programmes worth USD6.5 billion. As an emerging markets venture capitalist, he is currently mentoring several startups in education, energy, resources and analytics. Amol's formal education is in engineering, management, law, statistics and economics; and he is certified in valuation, risk management, contracts management and programme management. Amol speaks English, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit.
Karim Merchant (Partner)
Karim consults on policy, programme and project development and management in the fields of humanitarian assistance, food security, conflict-sensitive development and peacebuilding. He has 26 years of experience (15 years in Central Asia) as a policy advisor, programme designer and project manager with in emergency relief, conflict and post-conflict sustainable rural development, institutional and community empowerment, and small enterprise development, working with national governments, United Nations Agencies, donor agencies and international and national NGOs. He has extensive Afghanistan experience, including serving as Senior Advisor to the Afghan Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), a member of the informal advisory cell to the President, developing and influencing national policies in rural development, programme design, budgeting and implementation in insecure environments, developing pioneering innovative monitoring and evaluation mechanisms
in conflict-affected regions independently, and in concert with international military forces.
Sarah Wood (Partner)
Sarah brings more than 20 years of development planning and management experience with private sector, donors, multilaterals and host country government institutions. She specializes in conflict prevention and social risk planning in fragile and conflict-affected areas with 15 years of direct field experience. Sarah has technical implementation experience in conflict prevention, social risk analysis and planning, corporate social responsibility, civil society reform, conflict sensitive development planning, gender responsive planning and budgeting, human rights compliance, institutional capacity building, inclusive governance, mediation, and political analysis. She has served as a Conflict Prevention Advisor for the Government of Timor-Leste in the Ministry of Social Solidarity, with the Department of Peace Building and Social Cohesion (MSS/DPBSC) working on social risk analysis and risk mitigation for oil and gas production and development projects in Timor-Leste. She has also served as the Senior Gender Equality Policy Advisor for the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality in Timor-Leste working on gender responsive budgeting (GRB), GBV mitigation strategy and policy, the Convention for the Elimination against the Discrimination of Women (CEDAW), National Action Planning, and policies on women, peace and security. She is a Master Trainer, qualified in Do No Harm (DNH) training methodology as well as Reflecting on Practices for Peace (RPP). Formerly a civil servant for the U.S Government, Sarah held a number of posts in USAID, including in the Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau, as the USAID liaison for the State Department’s Office for the Coordinator of Reconstruction and Stabilization, on the design team for the USG Fragile States Strategy and the Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ISAF), and as a Conflict Specialist for USAID’s Office of Conflict Mitigation and Management (USAID/CMM). She has worked in Kenya, DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Togo, Timor-Leste, Benin, Myanmar, Yemen, and Nepal as well as other locations around the world. Sarah holds a MA in International Comparative Development and a degree in social anthropology. She speaks English, French, and Kiswahili.
Howard Pang (Partner)
Howard brings more than 17 years of private sector experience with a Fortune 50 global financial institution, where he held senior positions at both the regional and global levels. His diverse experience includes credit risk, management consulting, sales management, and strategic planning. He has played key roles in market entry initiatives in Vietnam and Russia; turnaround management strategies in Korea, China and the U.S.; acquisitions in Taiwan and Japan; and business transformation and merger integration strategies in Japan. A strong believer in empowering people with the skills and opportunities to help themselves, Howard is currently exploring the potential of impact investing and social entrepreneurship to enhance peace-building efforts. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (Canada), Howard also holds a Master of International Affairs (Economic Policy) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He is a fluent Japanese speaker.