Board of Directors

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Executive Director

Denika Blacklock (Canada) is a development analyst with 15 years of experience working in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Her specialization is development effectiveness and evaluation, and she has worked across several sectors, including governance, migration, crisis recovery, economic development, climate change and community resilience. Prior to founding Janine Grant Consulting, Denika worked extensively for the United Nations Development Programme, International Labour Organization, World Food Programme, Commonwealth Forum and American Bar Association. She has published a number of books, including ‘Learning in Development: Reflections from an Insider on the Outside’ and ‘Making M&E Work in Development Programmes: A Practitioner’s Handbook’. She holds an MA International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK).

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Director, Partnership Development

Fakri Karim (Indonesia) is a project management specialist, focusing on leadership, organizational change and partnership/coalition building. With experience in both the public and private sectors, he has worked closely with national and local government officials, rule of law institutions, international organizations and the private sector to improve policy, systems, and procedures. He was a key member of UNCDF’s global advocacy and policy team on financing development at the sub-national level, playing a key role in the drafting of the 2015 Paris Agreement. He has become well known as influencer with LDCs and SIDS on the climate change and decentralized development finance agendas, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the DEALS project. His thematic areas of specialization are local governance and local economic development, climate change adaptation, and post-crisis recovery. He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Indonesia and has completed the UNDP/Harvard Business Publishing/IDEO ‘Leadership Development Pathway.’