Scio is proud to be advised by experienced senior professionals and thought leaders from diverse fields. Advisory Council members bring perspectives and experience from Research / Academia, Development Cooperation, and the Private Sector. Our Advisory Council and its embedded diversity play a crucial role in shaping, evolving and ensuring that our objectives are aligned with our vision.
Managing Director - Ignite Investment ||
President of AWEP, Ethiopia Chapter
Meseret is the founder and managing director at Ignite Investment, a growth accelerator/investment advisory firm facilitating financing for Ethiopian businesses, especially women owned SMEs and building their capacity to enable them utilize these resources as well as run their businesses successfully. She is also currently serving as the president of The African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Ethiopia chapter. Prior to Ignite investment, Meseret worked with several companies in Ethiopia including Addis-Africa International Convention & Exhibition Center (AAICEC) public and private partnership Share Company and was able to mobilize a tremendous number of local and international investors to raise millions of dollars for the project.
Before returning to Ethiopia, Meseret has participated in Bizdom Cleveland startup accelerator program in the United States and had an opportunity to take up one of the group of companies within Bizdom Cleveland. Previous roles include working as a programmer, analyst and information manager at Statistics Canada in Ottawa, Canada; working with global affairs Canada (formerly known as CIDA); as well as a communication, facilitation and information management specialist in the United Nations system that includes working with different donor organizations and governments in some of the most fragile and challenging environments in the world. Meseret Warner is an entrepreneur with a background in IT, economics, and globalization; and holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as a master’s in Globalization and Development Economics.
Managing Director - IE School of Global
and Public Affairs || Professor of Practice
Borja is an expert in public policy and international development. He is currently the Executive Director at IE School of Public and Global Affairs and professor of the practice of International Development and Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship and Project Management.
Borja brings over 10 years of professional experience focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies and international programmes in countries in Africa, Europe, America and Asia. He has designed strategies for better economic growth with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Harvard Center for International Development; carried out impact evaluations in Perú and Belize with international development banks; led the institutional humanitarian response and disaster risk management programmes of United Nations and the Government of Ethiopia and Ecuador; managed international aid projects at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different countries; and worked fostering innovation ecosystems in cities like San Sebastian.
He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) by the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), being the recipient of the international scholarship of “La Caixa” foundation. He also holds a Master in International Relations (2014) and a BEng+MEng in Telecommunication Engineering with cum laude in the final thesis (University of Valladolid, 2006).
In addition, Borja is the president of the Spanish alumni network of the Harvard Kennedy School; He collaborates leading the international expansion of IMFAHE, a social international mentorship foundation; and participates as a coach with EuropeLab, an organization that empowers the new generation of civic and political European leaders. He has also published opinion pieces and has been interviewed for relevant publications.
Managing Director - LFC Development Consulting
Ulrich Leffler-Franke is a governance and decentralization expert. As a political scientist and economist, he has been a staff member of the German Development Institute (GDI). He has over 35 years of experience in the planning and implementation of governance programmes including long-term assignments and concentrated mainly on governance and decentralisation issues all over Africa. He advised various governments on the elaboration of decentralisation policies (political, administrative, fiscal) and accompanied the practical implementation process through context-adapted pathways. Ulrich’s leitmotiv is ‘making decentralization work’ even under adverse conditions in various fragile, conflict-affected countries. The nexus of local governance/decentralisation with conflict and violence-prevention has been one cornerstone of his engagement pursuing pragmatically second-best policies and solutions that further long-term state-building with a realistically limited margin of maneuverability.
He has a keen interest in translating lessons from experience and cutting-edge know-how into practical solutions and knowledge products. He has contributed to various reform processes in African countries, e.g. the fine-tuning of an Intergovernmental Fiscal Architecture (IFA) or the structuring and implementation of functional assignment (FA) as part of the devolution of competencies and resources to local government level. Ulrich disposes of long-standing experiences as a policy adviser in sub-Saharan African countries as well as in the North Africa region. He is actually supporting the state-building process in Libya acting as a senior decentralization policy advisor for the government.