We have a core team of consultants and research managers, supported by associate consultants and researchers...

Jason Agar, (BA (hons) in Law, MBA, MA Development Studies) Managing Director and Consultant, with 35 years’ experience of private sector and 25 years of development work including 10 years living and working in Malawi and two years in Kenya. He joined Kadale having run his own successful UK consulting firm providing research, consultancy and training for private sector support organisations in the UK, Asia and East/Southern Africa.  Prior to that, he was Director of the Network Unit of the Small Business Centre at Durham University Business School.  He spent two years in Kenya, working for a microfinance organisation and nine years in the private sector, including for a major UK bank and two leading food manufacturers.  His areas of expertise include public-private (and policy) dialogue, market systems/making markets work for the poor (M4P), managing research processes, micro-finance, business development services, value-chain analysis and related problem-solving processes. He has been involved in the development of national policies, legislation and strategies for the private sector development in Malawi over the last twenty years.

Toby Lewis-Donaldson, (BSc. (Hons) Economics, ACMA, CGMA) Consultant, is an economist and fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant. He previously worked in Finance and moved onto a senior role in Corporate Strategy with AB Sugar, one of the UK’s leading agri-businesses and owner of several businesses around the world. He has considerable experience in business finance, market analysis and strategy development, including assessment of business acquisitions in several continents. He previously worked for Kadale in Malawi in 2011/12, during which time he successfully managed various research and consultancy assignments. He re-joined Kadale early in 2017 and has since managed monitoring and evaluation projects and consulted on several strategy development projects, primarily focused in agriculture/agribusiness.

McPherson Chatama, (Dip Community Development) Research Manager, is an highly experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher with experience in development of research methodologies, design of instruments, field research and managing field teams, data management, analysis and reporting.  His work has included studies relating to economics, agriculture, climate change, governance, nutrition and health, in which he played a range of roles from co-ordinating fieldwork, supervising data collection, data entry, data analysis and report writing. McPherson has been trained in qualitative techniques and undertaken PRA assignments.

Corretta Gawani, (BSc Agricultural Economics) Research Manager, is an agricultural economist and experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher. She has experience in development of research methodologies, design of instruments and managing field teams. She has a strong background in agricultural research specifically data collection, reporting and analysis.  Her work has included studies relating to agriculture in which she played different roles from coordinating fieldwork, supervising data collection, data entry and assisting in report writing.

Abigail Mkwapatira (BA Social Sciences) Research Manager (Associate), earned her degree in Social Sciences in 2013, with a major in Sociology and minor in Strategic Management. She has extensive experience in social research, having been involved in various health, academic and social research projects. She also has experience in programme/ project management, monitoring and evaluation and technical support for local organisations. She worked for Kadale as Research Manager from 2014 to 2016 before taking a role as a Program Officer with DanChurchAid in Malawi, before rejoining Kadale in 2018 on an associate basis.

Patience Mtembezeka (BA Public Administration) Researcher, Patience is a Social Scientist who holds a BA in Public Administration (with Credit), from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. She has over three years of experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, particularly in managing field teams, conducting Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), facilitating Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), conducting Household Interviews (HHIs), translation, transcription, data entry, qualitative data coding using NVivo, Open Data Kit (ODK) programming, data analysis and report writing. Her experience includes successfully leading on the quantitative component of the mid-term evaluation of the USDA funded Malawi Strengthening Inclusive Markets for Agriculture (MSIKA) project which is being implemented by Land O’Lakes Venture37. She also played a huge role in the qualitative data collection, transcription and NVivo coding for the end term evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funded Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) project as well as the Social and Gender Enhancement Fund (SGEF). Prior to working as a researcher, she gained experience working with rural communities as a Commodity Distributor with Save the Children International and her work as a National Registration Officer with PWC.

We have a pool of tried and tested freelancer Malawian Researchers that we can contract from when needed.  This gives us the capacity to undertake large field-based research projects (1,000 respondents+) to a high standard at short notice in all the major local languages.  These researchers are trained in quantitative and qualitative methods, including tablet-based research (we have over 40 tablets available).

Through our network, we can call upon other Associate Consultants with a diversity of experience in socio-economic development.