Anna works with the Advisory Team to support the Advisory team’s projects and clients. She has previously worked with various non-profits to connect refugees, local food producers, and environmental leaders to opportunities in their communities. She has lived, worked, and studied in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Anna spent two years in Indonesia as a Fulbright scholar.
Anna graduated from Drake University with a BA in political science and international relations.
Adrienne Gifford | Senior Advisor
Adrienne possesses more than 15 years of experience advising senior leaders across the public, private, and international development sectors across Africa and Latin America. In 2016, Adrienne co-founded, Oceti Advisors, a social sector management consulting firm that works with forward-thinking companies, foundations, donors, and civil society organizations to create and deliver sustainable solutions that improve human well-being. Her firm specializes in impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation, human centered strategy and design, and network development and strengthening.
From 2014 to 2016 Adrienne was Director of Advisory Services at the Initiative for Global Development where she continues to serve as a Senior Advisor. At IGD, Adrienne led a comprehensive impact assessment of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) and Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) – $95M corporate social investments made by Chevron to combat poverty in the Niger Delta. She also led and supported numerous other engagements for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and ContourGlobal. From 2002-2012, she managed teams at Booz Allen Hamilton and Herren Associates supporting the U.S. federal sector.
Adrienne holds an M.A. in Social Enterprise with concentrations in International Development and Impact Investing from the American University School of International Service and a B.S. in International Finance from the Kogod School of Business.
Helen Mant | Senior Advisor
Helen has close to 20 years international experience in the adoption of market systems approaches to promote sustainable development in key sectors including agriculture, financial services and energy. Helen has particular expertise in collaborative approaches such as cross sector partnerships and in the development and implementation of innovative impact measurement approaches. Helen previously worked for SABMiller, PwC and Business Action for Africa.
Helen is a Chartered Accountant and holds a LL.B (Hons) Law degree from Cardiff University and a postgraduate certificate in cross sector partnerships from Cambridge University.
Meixi Zhou | Communications Assistant
Meixi works closely with the Communications Director to enhance the IGD brand and visibility, as well as implementing various communications projects. She supports the Communications team to develop strategies to engage IGD’s key constituencies, particularly the Africa Investment Rising campaign.
Meixi has focused her study on African development and politics. She worked in Uganda as a community capacity builder with a youth development NGO. Before joining IGD, she went to Science Po as an exchange student and interned at various organizations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Poverty Alleviation Center in China.
Meixi earned a MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She holds a BA in Diplomacy and English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.