Title: Head of Delivery
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Education: M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
B.Sc., Economics and Business Administration, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 1998
Ignacio Fiestas, an economist with more than 15 years of experience, specializes in the areas of poverty and growth, private sector development, and rural market development. He has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of private sector and market development programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia. His areas of expertise also include business enabling environment reforms, strategy & policy building, and monitoring & evaluation.
Ignacio joined Nathan in 2008 and quickly acquired an applied understanding of how the private sector contributes to pro-poor growth, and the instruments and approaches available for strengthening markets for the poor. He currently oversees London’s portfolio of projects and has been project director of large DFID market development programmes in Zambia, Ghana and Ethiopia. He has also contributed technically to projects such as the World Bank’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Project, and DFID’s Food & Retail Challenge Fund (FRICH).
Before Nathan, Ignacio was involved in the Operationalising Pro-Poor Growth initiative, a World Bank programme analyzing the economic growth experience of developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. He also worked at the Regional Unit of Technical Assistance (RUTA) in Costa Rica, providing support to Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development throughout Central America.