Gatsby Africa

Karen Twining Fooks has worked with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to fill posts in London, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam from 2011 to present.

About the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

In 1967 David Sainsbury set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. David (now Lord Sainsbury of Turville) has since given Gatsby more than £1 billion to distribute to charitable causes in a variety of fields, including neuroscience, plant science and public policy.  These reflect David Sainsbury’s areas of interest and also draw from his professional experience.

Gatsby has funded and implemented programmes in Africa since 1985. Their mission is to accelerate inclusive and resilient economic growth in East Africa by demonstrating how key sectors can be transformed.

Until 2007 most of Gatsby’s work in Africa focused on agricultural R&D and SME development, much of which was delivered through local institutions they established.  Over the past nine years Gatsby has evolved significantly, with their focus, level of ambition and operating model all changing. They now work on fewer programmes, but with greater ambition in each – seeking to transform the growth and competitiveness of entire sectors.  To achieve this, their role has evolved from being mostly a funding organisation into one that is initiating, designing and implementing sector programmes, often co-funded with others. They aspire to be a thinking organisation, learning from others and then innovating and demonstrating approaches for transforming sectors.

A selection of successful appointments from 2016 include:

Judith Sequeira 

Regional HR Manager – Gatsby Africa, Dar es Salaam

Judith is a certified Senior Professional in HR.  She has worked with Helen Keller International and First National Bank in Tanzania, Helios Towers and as an HR consultant. Judith has a master’s in Criminal Justice and a BA in Psychology.

Robert Unwin 

Programme Manager – Gatsby Africa, London

Rob took up a newly created position supporting Gatsby Africa’s work in Forestry and Tea sectors across East Africa. He was previously a Strategy Manager at Monitor Deloitte. Rob has a master’s in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a master’s in Physics from Oxford University.

Neil Satchwell Smith 

Insights & Partnerships Director – Gatsby Africa, London

Neil spent 11 years at DFID where he worked in Zimbabwe and Zambia as a governance adviser, and in Vietnam as the Deputy Head and then Head of Office. Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and worked in their Business Process Outsourcing Division.  He has a master’s in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies.

Raji Rajan 

Senior Programme Manager (Kenya Markets Trust) – Gatsby Africa, London with travel to Kenya

Raji has worked in private sector development in Africa and Asia for eight years. Raji has a PhD in Economics and spent four years as a Lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Reading in the UK.

Maureen Ruto

Industry Prioritisation Manager – Msingi

Maureen has worked for Deloitte for more than six years in Tanzania and Kenya. She has worked across East Africa and Ethiopia, with Pan Africa Insurance, the Ethiopia Sugar Corporation, the Kenya Ports Authority and USAID.  Maureen holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and a BA in Business Management from Moi University

Arjun Bhoopal 

Senior Programme Manager (Msingi) – Gatsby Africa, initially based in London then moving to Nairobi

Arjun has 16 years’ experience in private sector development and social impact across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Previously, he advised UNICEF on private sector strategy and before that he was Head of Business Partnerships for Save the Children.  He was a Private Sector Development and Sustainability Consultant for PwC for six years. Arjun has a bachelor’s in Engineering (Environmental) from the National University of Singapore and a master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS.

Hilda Barasa 

Junior Business Analyst – Gatsby Africa, Nairobi

Hilda was a Consultant/Senior Knowledge Associate with Africa Advisory Group, where she worked across Ghana, South Africa and Kenya. Previously she worked for PwC in Nairobi, and for a homelessness non-profit in Boston, Massachusetts. Hilda has a bachelor’s degree with majors in Urban Political Development and Economics from Mount Holyoke College in the US.  She  is completing a master’s in Sustainable Urban Development from Jomo Kenyatta University.

Quiller Brooke 

Programme Manager, Knowledge – Gatsby Africa, London

Quiller previously spent six years developing innovative methods to measure and value impact at PwC. He began his career as an Environmental Manager in the Oil and Gas industry in Gabon and the DRC. Quiller has a bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Oxford and a master’s in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics from UCL.

David Boselie 

Deputy Director Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning – Gatsby Africa, London

David has over twenty years of experience in global agri-supply chains. Previously, he was Senior Learning Manager with IDH. He has also worked as an applied researcher on producer support projects in the fairtrade and organic fresh fruit industries. David has a master’s and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen.