Advisory Board

aCatalyst  Consulting’s  specialist Advisory Board consists of  leaders in   their  area and in international development.  Members bring  their  experience, skills and insights  to the firm’s projects and  ensure that  aCatalyst’s  practice areas evolve and lead the field.

Tim Cartwright

Tim Cartwright has been a university professor and a consultant in international development.  Throughout his career, one of Tim Cartwright's most cherished beliefs has been that more knowledge leads to wiser decisions and better performance. More knowledge may come in various forms and from different sources -- more accurate and more relevant information, sharper analytical skills, greater awareness and sensitivity towards what is relevant, a more positive outlook, and so on. But the principle that we can, by deliberate thought, improve our individual and organizational performance is what drives Tim's approach to management and leadership.

As a university professor, Tim taught and did research on various aspects of management and planning -- including policy-making, strategic planning, institutional development, human-resource development, information systems, stakeholder participation, and governance -- as well as more theoretical studies in organizational behaviour, strategic choice, simulation modeling, and chaos theory.

As a consultant, he aims not just to resolve problems but also to build problem-solving capacity. Having worked for clients in more than 50 countries around the world, Tim has developed a unique ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Tim’s D.Phil from Oxford University is in public administration and management. His research for this thesis  [later published by Hodder and Stoughton]  focused on the role of royal commissions and other ad hoc committees in public policy-making in the UK. He concluded that these committees have for centuries -- and long before it became fashionable to highlight such a role -- provided a vital and remarkably flexible means for promoting public participation in government.   

In the mid-1980s, Tim worked as special adviser on data management to the Executive Director of UN Habitat in Nairobi (Kenya).  He later wrote a book on his experiences, The Management of Human Settlements in Developing Countries (Routledge).  Other publications include Les relations entre organismes: Facteurs stratégiques en planification urbaine (Presses de l' Université de Montréal) and Modeling the World in a Spreadsheet: An Introduction To Environmental Simulation (Johns Hopkins).

From mid-2003 to the end of 2005, Tim was executive head of the United Nations System Staff College in Turin (Italy).  Prior to joining the UN, Tim was the chief executive officer of Carl Bro International, a multi-national consultancy based in Copenhagen (Denmark). He also served as non-executive director of Oxford Policy Management Ltd. (an economics consultancy in the UK) from 1999-2003.  He now works as an independent consultant

Murad Rayani

Murad Rayani is a writer, producer and director of films, news reports  and features with a focus on current affairs, human rights, education and development issues in East Africa and more widely.

Murad’s  work spans both the corporate and NGO – donor sectors.  In the private sector, he has directed commercials and documentaries for, for example,  East African Breweries, Bamburi Cement, Unilever, Ethiopian Airlines and several banks.  In the NGO and donor world his work has included, for instance, ‘Kikulacho’, a documentary on the roots of corruption commissioned by Transparency International and ‘A Continent On The Move’ for the UN Commission for Africa.

A lawyer by training, turned film maker he has a bachelors degree  in law from the University of Nottingham and masters of laws from Kings College,  University of London.  From 2000 to 2002 he studied  media  at the New School University in New York City.

With many documentaries to his credit he was the co-director and script writer on ‘Mo and Me’ about the photo journalist Mohamed Amin which won the award for best foreign documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Chair Team Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Currently, Murad is working with David Abbott on a pilot for a series that challenges conventional wisdom and reveals the quirky unpredictable nature of business and management in East Africa.

Ceciliah Adhola

Ceciliah Adhola  is a ‘marketing  whiz’ where she has held senior sales manager positions in several leading Kenyan five star hotels.  Her working experience spans hotel and hospitality, ICT  and management consulting.  As a consummate ‘people person’ she is also a non executive director of aCatalyst Consulting.

Ged Griffith

Ged Griffith   is a teacher and educationalist  with a passion for  developing increasingly effective methods of teaching, including  the application of ICT.    His bachelors degree in modern history [after the fall of the Roman Empire]  is from Oxford University where he began at Merton College at the age of 18.

Ged has been resident in Kenya since 1985 and has taught at Strathmore College, Arboretum Academy and St Austin’s Academy in Nairobi.   An avid bird watcher,  he has reputation for an eye for detail and keen intellect.