Brian Fawcett has joined Agriteam Canada’s Calgary office as the Senior Capacity Development Specialist/Project Director for the Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity Development (TASC) supporting the Ethiopian government’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) Phase Four program. He assumed office on 29 October 2018. As the Senior Capacity Development Advisor/Project Director, Brian will provide support to TASC in the areas of strategic planning, including work planning and reporting; technical inputs to TASC, particularly in supporting capacity building to the Government of Ethiopia to deliver PSNP more effectively; technical assistance to Agriteam Canada in business development and organizational management; and stakeholder relations, focusing on the European Union and the Asian Development Bank.

Brian has 44 years of professional experience in senior positions as Team Leader, Programme and Project Manager, Field Project Manager, and Asian Development Bank Country Director in Afghanistan from 2005-2007, on international development programs and projects funded by ADB, AusAID, the European Union, and GAC. His experience includes 35 years working exclusively on programs and projects in South Asian countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He worked in these countries primarily on agricultural and rural development projects, capacity and institution building, and civil service reform and decentralized governance projects. Brian worked in various positions of progressive seniority in the Asian Development Bank from 1993 to 2009.

A Canadian citizen, Brian graduated with an honors degree in economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He earned his Masters in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada, and his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.