ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Dalberg Advisors, a global impact consultancy committed to building a more inclusive and sustainable world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lillian Kidane as the new Regional Director for its Africa region.
Lillian Kidane, a partner affiliated with our Addis Ababa office, brings a rich portfolio of experience in sustainable, impact-based philanthropy and business strategies for emerging markets.
"Lillian's appointment marks an important milestone in Dalberg's commitment to Africa. Her extensive experience across the continent in public health systems, climate, trade and digital transformation will be invaluable in helping shape the development trajectory of the continent," said Gaurav Gupta, global managing partner at Dalberg Advisors.
Lillian has two decades of experience working with governments, foundations, companies and NGOs, both on the continent and in the United States, to support systems transformation and access to medicines in Africa. Lillian's most recent accomplishments include serving as a senior advisor to the leadership of the COVID Vaccine Distribution Partnership (CoVDP) in Geneva, overseeing vaccine allocation and disbursement to 34 countries around the world. during the years of the pandemic.
Lillian Kidane, Partner and Regional Director for Africa at Dalberg Advisors, said: “Dalberg has a remarkable track record of collaborating with partners to make a positive difference, and in my new role as Regional Director I am looking forward to deepening our collaborations with changemakers. , so that together we can play a greater role in shaping sustainable development across the African continent."
Prior to working at Dalberg, Lillian held leadership positions at General Electric (GE), Africa, as well as the Clinton Foundation. She holds degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
"Lillian's operational background and deep experience on a range of high-impact issues shaping Africa's future make her the perfect choice to lead our work on the continent. She is inspiring to both our clients and our staff, as she who leads with excellence and empathy," added Sunru Yong, partner in the Kenya office.
Dalberg Advisors began its African operations in 2007 in South Africa and quickly expanded across West and East Africa, covering over 1,100 engagements across the continent, working with a wide range of stakeholders, including community organisations, local non-profits and global, investors, foundations, companies, regional organizations and various government ministries.
"Africa does not need more consultants to tell us what change should look like on our continent. We want entrepreneurial energy and investment to champion efforts to decolonize the traditional development agenda. We hope to do our part to this end by constantly promoting local entities and grassroots leaders dedicated to achieving sustainable change in our communities, and Dalberg shares this vision," said Lillian Kidane.
About Dalberg Advisors
Dalberg Advisors is a strategic advisory firm that combines the best of private sector strategic skills and rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks in emerging and frontier markets. We work collaboratively with the public, private and philanthropic sectors to drive inclusive growth and help clients achieve their goals. Dalberg Advisors has more than 550 employees spread across more than 25 locations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe and the United States.
Dalberg Advisors is part of the Dalberg Group, which comprises six companies - Dalberg Advisors, Dalberg Data Insights, Dalberg Design, Dalberg Implement, Dalberg Media and Dalberg Research - and the non-profit organization Dalberg Catalyst.
About Lillian Kidane
Lillian Kidane joined Dalberg in 2018 in Ethiopia with nearly 20 years of global development experience. Her diverse experience spans public health systems, climate and trade policies, and digital transformation in Africa and the Caribbean, working with organizations across the spectrum of the social sector: governments, corporations, private foundations, multilaterals and NGOs.
Lillian is an entrepreneur at heart, bringing to her work her own experience in building successful local businesses, including an Africa-wide e-commerce platform, a leather-based fashion brand and a payment gateway platform, all aimed at increasing inter- and intra-African trade and job creation. Her passion is helping people and communities reach their full potential through educational opportunities and decent work. Lillian began her professional career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, providing health training and clinical services to women and children in a small town where she discovered her passion for professional teaching. She also serves on several global and local boards, including Labor Mobility Partnerships, a non-profit organization that develops scalable solutions so workers can access quality jobs across borders.
Lillian completed her graduate studies in international health management at Yale University School of Medicine (USA), has a master's degree in public health in Health Economics and Informatics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (USA). . USA), and has a degree in Health Economics and Informatics from Harvard University (USA). Lillian is of Eritrean descent and lives in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) with her husband and her two children.
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