David Lee

Urban Development, Economics and Finance

David is a senior development professional with 25 years’ experience working in both the private and development sectors in countries throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. He has extensive management and capacity building experience working in developing and transitional countries in the field of urban and peri-urban and rural development, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, livelihoods, economic development with focus on micro finance support for small enterprises and income generating activities, business and organisational development and capacity building; working at central, regional and grass-roots level, and devising the documentation, [with special sections on Gender, Persons with Disability and the Environment], to support them.


David has worked extensively with the EU, USAID, DfID, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has worked recently as Local Economic Development Project Manager on a World Bank initiative for the Ministry of Urban Development, Ethiopia in Amhara and Tigray regions with focus on job creation and impact down the line; at the same delivered Local Economic Development Operations Manual and Strategy Policy document for Urban Municipalities. As a consultant he has provided major contributions to a Regional Economic Development research project for DfID/VSO in Tanzania, with an emphasis on supply chains with various focuses such as livestock, agriculture, and manufacturing and engagement with major commercial institutions to progress the economic development of deprived Region. In Ghana, David researched and then produced a business plan for a nucleus farm/value chain hub as part of the USAID Feed the Future program.


He was Team Leader for a DfID Nepal 'Evidence on Demand' research project relating to migrant workers’ remittances, the financial channels to access them and how to utilise them for enterprise development. In Bangladesh he was Deputy Team Leader on a Value for Money assessment of two microcredit institutions for DfID Dhaka. Further work with microfinance on a project for Addis Ababa City Government to provide the blueprint and road map the formation of a suitable microfinance institution to support urban and peri-urban job creation and economic activity. This resulted in the establishment of Addis International Bank.


David's country experience is: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Croatia, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Mongolia, Nepal, Slovakia, Tanzania, The United States of America. He has also engaged with many NGOs organizations in Africa and Nepal, devising Strategic Plans, Operational Plans, IT Policies and Manuals and Staff Manuals.

His career is underpinned by a career in Midland Bank London [now HSBS] and a period as Chief Operations Officer and Director of a bank during a transitional period with responsibility for operational departments: Finance & Accounts, Payments Department & Trade Finance Information Technology & Systems Department, Operational Risk, & Correspondent Banking, Treasury Operations, Administration and Internal Services, day-to-day HR issues.