Invest Africa is delighted to invite you to a session with the Department for International Development (DFID) about their work to generate private investment in Africa. Tony Burdon, Head of DFID’s Private Sector Department, and Adrian Stone from DFID’s Private Sector Department, will set out the range of DFID’s current initiatives. Matt Robinson from CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, will discuss CDC’s new investment strategy, and the opportunities being created for UK business.
Tony Burdon joined DFID in 2005, and became Head of DFID’s Private Sector Department in 2015. The department leads on mobilising investment and working with business, and manages the shareholder relationship with CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution. While in DFID, Tony has led DFID’s Growth and Resilience Department – focused on building the enabling environment for economic development; was head of DFID’s economic team in Nigeria, was Deputy Head of DFID Nepal, and speechwriter to the Secretary of State, Hilary Benn. Before DFID, Tony worked in the UK Treasury from 2001 on international development, tax policy, and was seconded into the Commission for Africa where he led on trade policy. Prior to the civil service, Tony worked for Oxfam – in policy, country and regional leadership positions, and humanitarian delivery, and was on the board of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign. His first job was as Rural Water Engineer for the Northern Region of Malawi, working for the Government of Malawi as a VSO volunteer, and then with Atkins as a water engineer. Over 15 years of his career has been spent living and working in developing countries – Malawi, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq and Nepal. Tony has degrees in Development Studies, Economics and Civil Engineering from the Universities of Bath, Birkbeck and Manchester.
Senior Private Sector Department Adviser and CDC Lead, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Adrian Stone joined DFID in 2001. He has been CDC lead within DFID’s Private Sector Department since early 2016. His team manage DFID’s shareholder oversight of CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution. He also leads initiatives to enhance the development impact of investments made by CDC and strengthen synergies with DFID’s wider policy, regulatory reform and market development work across Africa and South Asia. Prior to his current role, Adrian lead DFID’s Investment Climate team for 3 years ; headed DFID’s sustainable growth teams in two overseas offices in East Africa (in Uganda and Tanzania) and worked on Enterprise restructuring programmes in the Former Soviet Union and the Balkans. Before joining DFID, Adrian trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes in the City and worked for the firm in the UK and Africa for 7 years from 1994 to 2001. Adrian has degrees in Anthropology and Public Policy from Cambridge and Chicago.
Matt has worked at CDC since 2016, initially as a Director in the Intermediated Equity team with a focus on working with other DFIs and the role of concessional finance, before taking on the role of Chief of Staff mid-way through 2017. As Chief of Staff his role involves coordinating a wide range of strategic initiatives across CDC and advising the CEO, Executive Committee and Board.Prior to CDC Matt was Head of Strategy at Big Society Capital, the UK’s social investment bank, which he helped to build from inception in 2012. Matt was responsible for overall strategy-setting and major initiatives including securing a new UK social investment tax relief, setting-up the Access foundation for blended capital, and the Business Impact Challenge. Matt was a member of Big Society Capital’s management committee and its investment committee that approved over £250m across 40 deals in the first four years of operations. He sits on the board of two social investment bond projects.
Matt’s earlier career included 5 years as Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office, where he led the social investment team and was also part of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and 6 years as a development economist working across Asia and Africa, including several years living in Malawi.
Matt holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.