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News: Chemonics Celebrates U.K. Launch

May 14, 2019 | < 1 Minute Read
Chemonics marks the debut of its U.K. operations with a series of events.

Chemonics will hold multi-day events to formally launch its work in the United Kingdom. President and CEO Susanna Mudge and members of Chemonics’ board of directors, executive management team, and technical practice leads are in London for the events and to introduce the company to the U.K. development community.

While the international development consulting firm has worked with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) since the early 2000s, recent emphasis by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on transparency, cross-sector thinking, innovation, and technical expertise has reinforced Chemonics’ full commitment to HMG’s international development, trade, and stabilization programming.

We share the U.K. government’s commitment to transparency and results and are eager to work with the entire development community to help HMG achieve its goals.

Susanna Mudge

“Ever since our early days, we have been committed to helping improve lives in the world’s most complex and challenging environments,” said Ms. Mudge. “We share the U.K. government’s commitment to transparency and results and are eager to work with the entire development community to help HMG achieve its goals.”

On May 14, Chemonics will convene technical leaders, advisors, and decision-makers working on conflict, stabilization, and security issues for a high-level discussion exploring the intersection of policy and practice in this area, with a focus on preventing extremism. Chemonics’ Board Member Dov Zakheim will moderate the discussion and United States Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg will provide the keynote address.

On May 15, Chemonics will host a panel discussion exploring the intersection of global mental health, education, and conflict. Moderated by Chemonics U.K.’s Director of Global Health Andrew Tuttle, the panelists will consider how multisectoral platforms and approaches can be leveraged to improve mental health and well-being and psychosocial outcomes in some of the world’s most troubled and insecure places.

The launch events, which also include a reception in central London, serve as an opportunity for Chemonics to further develop partnerships with stakeholders across the industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises, think tanks and academia, peer suppliers, and international development financial institutions and donors.

“All of us at Chemonics believe that those who have the least deserve our best,” said the U.K. Division’s Senior Vice President Jeff Wuorinen. “And, for more than 40 years, that is what has always guided us — our firm commitment to working in partnership with funders and SMEs and other development actors to make meaningful changes that improve people’s lives around the globe.”

Chemonics’ roots in international development go back to its founding in 1975. Today, the employee-owned firm has 5,000 staff around the world, including 90 percent hired locally, across more than 70 countries. The U.K. Division, as with all Chemonics divisions, consists of technical and program design and management specialists spanning all development disciplines.

For more about Chemonics in the U.K., visit chemonics.com/uk/.