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Simon Winter to Oversee TechnoServe's Country Programs and Business Development Initiatives in Africa

Published 06-09-03

Submitted by TechnoServe, Inc.

NORWALK, CT - TechnoServe President and CEO Peter A. Reiling announced today that Simon Winter has been appointed as TechnoServe's new Regional Director for Africa, based for the balance of 2003 in Johannesburg and starting June 9. Mr. Winter will oversee TechnoServe's country programs in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, and its start-up operation in South Africa.

Mr. Winter joins TechnoServe from McKinsey & Company in South Africa, the international business consulting firm, where he was an Engagement Manager, providing a broad spectrum of strategic and operational management consulting services. During his tenure at McKinsey, he co-founded and co-led the international development arm of McKinsey's non-profit practice and engaged with clients -- including TechnoServe -- in the non-profit and development sectors on strategic and organizational issues.

Prior to McKinsey & Company, Mr. Winter was an independent development consultant working for clients including the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and national public-sector agencies in various countries. Mr. Winter helped create the institutional design and secure funding for the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of East and Southern Africa (MEMFI), and conducted a USAID-funded executive survey of the

Mr. Winter was also Head of Economic Planning for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in Botswana, where he developed economic policy and planning strategies and secured local and donor funding for public-sector investments. Previously, Mr. Winter specialized in corporate retail banking at Barclays Bank PLC in the U.K., Cote d'Ivoire and Australia.

Mr. Winter has a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University, an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia, and a BSc in Economics from Bristol University.

"I'm delighted that Simon is joining TechnoServe," said Reiling. "His business consulting and strategy skills will be a tremendous asset to TechnoServe's Africa staff, and will enable us to become even more effective in helping the entrepreneurs and businesses we assist to be globally competitive."

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TechnoServe is leading a movement that empowers people in the developing world to build businesses that break the cycle of poverty. Growing enterprises generate jobs and other income opportunities for poor people, enabling them to improve their lives and secure a better future for their families. Since its founding in 1968, the U.S.-based nonprofit has helped to create or expand thousands of businesses, benefiting millions of people in more than 30 countries. The Financial Times has rated TechnoServe one of the top five NGOs for corporate partnerships. Charity Navigator has also awarded its highest Four Star ranking to TechnoServe.

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