Our Team

As a consultancy business, we provide specialist advice in technical areas and help build up your team so you can manage complex programmes. The co-founders of DevLearn, Adam, and Nayeem, bring experience in multiple programmes and countries. We work with a carefully selected network of Associate Consultants, internationally renowned experts in the sectors we work in.

Team Retreat – Istanbul (March 2022)

DevLearn core team

Adam Kessler

Managing Partner

Nayeem Kashem

Managing Partner

Adam is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with experience developing simple, practical results measurement systems for private sector development programs. He has worked on industrial development, agriculture, market systems, and challenge funds. Adam lives in Bristol with his wife, two gerbils, and three chickens. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in the hills around Bristol and watching stand-up comedy.

Nayeem is a market systems specialist, with experience planning and implementing pro-poor business growth in industrial, agricultural, and financial sectors. He is also experienced in developing communication strategies for internal and external audiences. Nayeem, with his wife, lives in Bangladesh, enjoying the hustle and bustle of Dhaka city. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football, playing cricket, and hanging out with friends playing board games.

Lea Richard

Léa is an economic recovery and market development practitioner. She has experience managing and advising international development programs and social enterprises globally, as well as founding and managing a business in Cambodia. She is particularly interested in market development in conflict-affected and fragile situations. She is based in France, in the foothills of the Alps. In her spare time, you’ll find her hiking, climbing, or whipping up a batch of cookies.

Stephen Berson

Stephen Berson has over a decade of experience in international development cooperation, having worked in sectors including humanitarian relief, education, elections, civil society, and rule of law. The organizations with which he has worked have been equally diverse, including international NGOs, grassroots local NGOs, and international organizations. In his free time, he keeps himself busy with home improvement projects, travel, and experimenting with food.

Victoria Carter

Victoria Carter is a private sector development specialist with a background in large-scale engineering project management and commercial law. She has spent the last 15 years working in private and development sector programs across Asia, the Pacific, and Europe across a wide range of sectors, including construction, water, finance, agriculture, and tourism. She is particularly experienced at running complex multi-country market systems development programs.

Deepa Manichan

Deepa is a MEL specialist, focusing on the use of MEL for systemic change programmes. She worked as the MEL Advisor for the Market Development Facility in Timor Leste, developing processes to assess systemic change across a broad portfolio of projects in the tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing markets. She has worked on results programmes and led research design and analysis for large-scale assessments in India in the education sector. In her free time she enjoys gardening. She dreams of owning a farm one day.

Rahaf Saad

Rahaf is experienced in designing and implementing women empowerment programmes. Rahaf participated in the establishment and growth of a women’s social enterprise in Istanbul. Alongside that, Rahaf worked on various projects aimed to support women artisans and entrepreneurs from the MENA region in different cities in Turkey. Rahaf is based in Istanbul. In her free time, she does yoga, cycling, or goes on street photography tours.

Dhita Radcliffe

Dhita has industry experience in international development, impact investment, and fast-moving consumer goods in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has advised various companies to increase their financial growth, market reach, and social inclusion. She is a Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), as well as monitoring, and evaluation (M&E) practitioner. Dhita is currently based in Pretoria, SA. When she is not working, you will find her hiking around South Africa, playing ultimate frisbee, or running with her two dogs.

Naomi Falkenburg

Naomi is a monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) specialist with a cross-cutting focus on social inclusion. She has worked with development and humanitarian actors around the world to design, manage and learn from their interventions. Her experience spans a range of thematic areas, including education, employment, entrepreneurship, digital inclusion, migration, and trade. Naomi is based in France and Greece. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, photography, and training her cat.


Associate Consultants

We work with Associate Consultants, specialising in everything from gender to econometrics. If you are interested in being part of our Associate Consultant network, please get in touch.

DevLearn Consultancy Ltd

DevLearn Consultancy Ltd is a company registered in the UK, with company number 12969691

About Us

DevLearn specialises in design, monitoring, evaluation, implementation and online training for private sector development, market systems development, M4P, challenge funds, and other economic growth programmes.

Online Training

Our online training on results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, and market systems development is flexible, entertaining, and cost-effective. Click here to find out more about our online training offers.