CDA News November 2019

CDA News November 2019

Posted: November 6, 2019

We are excited to share updates on what the CDA team has been working on, and to introduce two new team members.


CDA has hired two new team members to support Executive Director Max Walter with the delivery of new and ongoing projects, as well as with project acquisition and external communications.

Tanushree Sahai has joined CDA as an economist. She most recently worked as an ODI fellow and Trade Advisor in the Solomon Islands Department of External Trade, where she negotiated with the EU for the Pacific EPA of Solomon Islands, led the National Trade Facilitation Committee, and advised on LDC graduation transition and E-Trade regulatory reform. She also consulted for the World Bank in Timor-Leste, where she contributed to the 2018 Systematic Country Diagnostic with a focus on Health and Education. Tanushree holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from SOAS, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Psychology from McGill University, Montreal. Tanushree grew up in Delhi and studied at The UWC Singapore, and enjoys painting, horse-riding, and good music.

Ester Kovandova has joined CDA as a fellow while studying towards her Masters degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining CDA, Ester was a Programme Management intern with UNCDF’s Mobile Money for the Poor Programme in Brussels. She also interned at the German Marshall Fund as an economics research assistant, and at the European Parliament as an Assistant to a MEP. Ester holds a Bachelors degree in History and Economics from the University of Oxford, is Czechoslovak, and fluent in English, French and Slovak. She enjoys cooking (and eating) and sports.

We would like to extend our many thanks to everyone who took the time to apply, please stay in touch by subscribing to our mailing list and following us on social media, where any new vacancies will be announced.


We recently published two new CDA Insights posts:

In Transforming Ethiopia: the only way is up and the only time is now, Alfredo Manfredini Böhm explores how the Ethiopian youth are leading the structural changes in employment patterns in Ethiopia through diversification into non-agricultural enterprises. Alfredo highlights the opportunities and challenges of structural transformation in Ethiopia, and offers approaches to tackling some of the country’s “dizzying array of challenges”.

Our newest CDA Insights post is a Q&A with Ronald Mukasa of Enterprise Uganda, discussing the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and business success in Uganda. Ronald also shares some valuable, practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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The CDA team has been engaged in the following events in Kampala:

Co-Founder Yusuf Kiranda moderated a panel discussion of the Uganda Private Sector Forum organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Uganda and South Sudan, together with Federation of Uganda Employers and Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA). The event sought to highlight the potential of the private sector to further inclusive development in Uganda. Yusuf also moderated the panel “Happily ever after? The aftermath of revolutions and uprisings” at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Uganda & South Sudan and the French Embassy in Uganda, discussing what makes a revolution successful, and whether revolutions have merits over gradual reforms.

Co-Founder and Executive Director Max Walter spoke on the panel “Creating Jobs for Youth: the role of Ugandan startups and innovators” at Kampala Innovation Week, organised by Startup Uganda with the support of UNCDF. The event sought to highlight whether and how the dynamic Ugandan startup ecosystem can contribute to creating jobs for the large number of youths entering the job market each year. Max also spoke on the panel “Energy is the key: Powering Africa’s economic transformation” at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference, seeking to identify the role of Energy in driving Africa’s economic transformation.