Mark Essex is an economist with wide experience of managing adaptive economic reform programmes, among other for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). He is currently the team leader of an extractives programme (K-EXPRO) focusing on national and local economic development from oil in northern Kenya. He has a particular interest in delivering programmes that aim to increase private sector investments, and associated developmental benefits, through being grounded and responsive to the local and national political economy, institutions and skills available.
For two years he was an Associate Director within KPMG International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) based in their East Africa headquarters. In this role, he led an initiative to set up a risk capital fund to invest in local firms in the supply chains of the emerging energy sector and supported the renewable energy portfolio of the multi-donor Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). Before joining KPMG, Mark led the Natural Resources and Energy portfolio in OPM, and was based in Nigeria from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, he managed numerous economic impact assessments for OPM’s private and public sector clients, where these analyses were used to engage host governments in advocating for changes in policy, strategy, law or the application of regulations.