Ray Purcell

Principal Consultant

Ray Purcell is a development economist who originally worked in Tanzania and Botswana as a civil servant and has over 30 years’ experience as a consultant. His strengths are in national and sector strategic planning; climate change related public expenditure planning and management; and programme and project design, reviews and evaluations, especially in the rural development and livelihoods areas. Ray has extensive experience of supporting the preparation processes of national and sector strategic plans, including on the new Rwanda national development plan in 2017 (the National Transformation Strategy), and leading the preparation of the latest Southern African Development Community (SADC) Vulnerability Assessment Strategic Plan in 2016. His work has most recently focused on the integration of climate change into government planning and budgeting processes in South East Asia (Cambodia, Thailand and Lao PDR). In 2018/19 he has been working with UNE on the preparation of the Building the Capacity of the Lao PDR Government to Advance the National Adaptation Planning Process. Ray is a skilled team leader and communicator with a track record of successfully leading teams, including working with international and local consultants on complex assignments. He has been the team leader or team member of numerous consultancies for a variety of clients both bilaterals (DFID, Danida, MCF, Irish Aid) and multilaterals (World Bank, EC, UNDP, AfDB, IFAD).

MA, Agricultural Economics, University of Leeds (1975)

Postgraduate Diploma, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, European Centre of the Schools of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy (1971)