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					                                           OWEN BEATON
                                               British national with work permit
                                                 Tel Aviv 052-3558-001
                                               owenbeaton@dunelm.org.uk

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Founder and director of an international award winning research organisation with nine years pioneering program
design and project management experience in Europe and Africa. Innovative strategic thinker and skilled
communicator with significant hands-on experience working within farming communities. Proven track record
initiating and managing successful agriculture, communications and public health projects with demonstrable impacts.
Freelance management consultant specialising in strategic planning and assessments of projects /organisations.

EXPERIENCE

ANDREW LEES     Management Consultant – Strategy Development and Project Monitoring
TRUST (ALT)     Jun 2008 – July 2009, London and Madagascar
MAR 2006 –           Currently advising ALT on establishing a National NGO in Madagascar as part of the UK-
JUL 2009               based charity’s long-term strategy.
                     Ensured all 2008-2009 project goals were met despite a 30% reduction in revenue by
                       advising managers on the delivery of projects affected by the financial crisis.
                     Reviewed the business plan for ‘Project Radio’, a network of rural radio stations in
                       Madagascar: identified key weaknesses and made recommendations to secure the
                       network’s future.
                     Evaluated senior project managers and recruited a Country Director in Madagascar.
                     Introduced a new system for monitoring ALT’s agricultural projects, greatly improving
                       transparency and the reporting of accurate field data.

                Programme Manager – Agriculture, Health and Communications Projects
                Mar 2006 – May 2008, Madagascar
                    Designed and managed four new poverty reduction projects including the introduction of a
                       drought resistant cereal crop.
                    Recruited and managed over 30 staff in four regional offices with a $1.5M budget.
                    Increased project participation by 180% and still delivered outstanding results under-budget:
                       one project raised annual cereal production by 32% for over 2,000 families.
                    Advised the Malagasy Government on a national crop introduction project based on the
                       methodology I developed for ALT. 20,000 families received seed to plant during a time of
                       great food insecurity.
                    Wrote a proposal that won €550,000 from the European Commission to extend ALT’s
                       agricultural projects by two years and into more remote communities.
                    Developed a groundbreaking public radio campaign increasing condom usage and
                       awareness of HIV/AIDS in rural communities (120 programs broadcast over two years).
                    Managed a pioneering Participatory Video project enabling members of marginalized
                       communities to share their experiences of climate change using video. The films will be
                       screened at the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

TANDROY         Managing Director – Projects and Research
CONSERVATION    Feb 2004 – Feb 2006, Madagascar
TRUST (TCT)         Project-managed 11 grassroots social and environmental research projects leading a team
OCT 2003 –             of 12 staff and international volunteers (responsible for an $85,000 budget).
FEB 2006
                    Established a successful community ecotourism initiative in Ifotaka: built eight bungalows
                       and a visitor’s centre using local workers and trained community members as guides.
                    The initiative has been recognised as a case study for responsible tourism and now features
                       as an established international destination. As a result, tourism is now Ifotaka’s second most
                       important industry.
                    Researched and contributed to a successful €1M proposal to improve food security in
                       Madagascar.
                    Oversaw the evacuation of an expatriate ALT program manager following a serious vehicle
                       accident. As a consultant for ALT, reviewed and updated their emergency procedures.


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               Consultant – Program Evaluator
               Oct 2003 – Feb 2004, London and Madagascar
                    Evaluated progress of research projects against pre-established indicators and extended
                      these to incorporate new benchmarks for measuring real impacts.
                    Increased participation in TCT’s projects by 25% after interviewing stakeholders at all levels.
                    Discovered and documented financial irregularities within a local partner organisation and
                      initiated a management restructure and more robust monitoring by their board.

COMMUNITY      Consultant – Transnational Coordinator
LEARNING AND   UK, Sweden, Ireland
INNOVATION         Coordinated the international component of a £2M European Social Fund project targeted at
PARTNERSHIP           reducing barriers to the labour market for marginalized groups.
APR 2003 –
                   Facilitated information exchange between partner organisations from the voluntary, public
OCT 2003
                      and private sectors in Sweden, Ireland and the UK.
                   Chaired networking task groups and disseminated results at conferences and workshops.

TANDROY        Founder and Director
CONSERVATION   London, UK
TRUST (TCT)        Founded and directed the TCT, a research organisation that won the top $75,000 prize in
APR 2002 –            the prestigious international BP Conservation Program Awards during its inaugural year.
OCT 2003
                   Raised core funding, developed operating procedures, recruited trustees and chaired board
                      meetings.
                   Effectively lobbied members of the UK and the EU parliaments regarding aid for
                      Madagascar: gained considerable experience working with government ministers,
                      ambassadors and senior civil servants.

ZURICH         Reviewing Officer – Endowment Review Team
FINANCIAL      Cheltenham, UK
SERVICES           Reviewed existing client portfolios and approved new applications for endowment polices.
MAR 2002 –            Verified applications complied with the Financial Services Authority. Referral suspicious or
MAR 2003              fraudulent applications to the money laundering team.
                   Wrote material for responding to clients who were unhappy with the performance of their
                      portfolios. Also handled telephone complaints and queries.


SUMMARY OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT SUBMISSIONS

 Role           Amount (€)        Funding Body                     Purpose of Grant
 Author         550,000           European Commission              Food Security / Nutrition
 Co-Author      1,070,000         UK Big Lottery Fund              Drought Mitigation – Food Security
 Co-author      60,000            BP Conservation Programme        Conservation, Research, and Eco-tourism
 Co-author      40,000            Multiple Research Bodies,        Ecology / Anthropology Research Expedition,
 and editor                       USAID & DFID                     Education Projects


EDUCATION

       UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM, UK
       B.Sc. (Hons) in Ecology, June 2000
       W INNER OF THE 2000 PROFESSOR J. CRAGG PRIZE FOR ECOLOGY


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS

       FELLOW OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (FRGS)

       INTRODUCTORY CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT, ASSOCIATION OF PROJECT MANAGERS (AMP)

       GRADUATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY (GIBIOL)

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OTHER SKILLS

WRITING:     Excellent technical writing and communication skills; wrote and edited all major reports and
             correspondence for ALT surpassing standards set by their board and funding body.

             Designed, wrote and edited leaflets, newsletters, reports and web pages for TCT.

LANGUAGES:                           Spoken                           Written
             English                 Mother tongue                    Mother tongue
             French                  Advanced                         Intermediate
             Hebrew                  Beginner                         Beginner


COMPUTER:    Excellent knowledge of all Windows and MS Office Suites including MS Publisher and Excel.




                                 REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST




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