Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise

Who We Are

Keith Palmer
Keith Palmer Keith Palmer is the founder and Chair of Trustees of EfD. He is also Chairman and founding sponsor of AgDevCo. He is the “intellectual architect” and Chairman of InfraCo , an infrastructure project development company with a successful track-record of operating in Africa and Asia. Keith previously held the position of Vice Chairman of N. M. Rothschild, the London-based merchant bank. He was founder Chairman of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, an African debt fund, and a founder board member of Guarantco, an infrastructure loan guarantee facility. Keith was founder and Chairman of CEPA, an economic and financial consultancy, until 2013. He has previously worked for the World Bank and IMF and in senior positions in the public sector in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea. Keith is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and was an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy for many years.
Charles Groom
Charles GroomCharles is a Director at CEPA and an investment and finance expert with over 15 years experience gained in consultancy, private equity and venture capital. At CEPA, Charles has specialised in infrastructure regulation and finance, especially in relation to price control reviews, covering energy, water, transport. Charles has led teams providing advice and support to numberous private companies, including Centrica, Thames Water, Power NI and British Airways, as well as to sector regulators in the UK and Ireland.Charles also leads CEPA’s Agriculture Sector, and is currently providing transaction advisory services to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Zambia. He has extensive experience of private and public investment into agriculture, including forestry, and agri-infrastructure, including PPP arrangements.Charles joined CEPA in 2006, prior to which he held the position of Business Development Director at Globeleq, a leading emerging markets power company wholly owned by CDC (the UK’s Development Finance Institution). With CDC, Charles spent six years in Tanzania, latterly as Country Manager. As such, Charles has extensive experience in business development, investment and fund management, and corporate finance advisory work. He has worked closely with management teams, financiers and regulators. Prior to joining CDC, Charles was a Senior Associate at Coopers & Lybrand, where he developed experience of business planning, investment appraisal and financial modelling, privatization initiatives and public private partnerships in the UK and international markets.
Liz Wilson
Myles WicksteadLiz Wilson is a senior executive at Small Foundation, a philanthropic funder based in Ireland. Small Foundation seeks to make a contribution to eradicating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting aligned networks and intermediaries that catalyse the entrepreneurial ecosystem for early-stage rural enterprises. Liz works on Small Foundation’s social investment strategy and execution in Africa and globally.

Previously Liz was deputy director and co-founder of Agriculture for Impact, Imperial College London, providing evidence and analysis to European governments to inform and increase their support for agricultural development, food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Liz has worked with the Chinese government and the UK’s DFID in Beijing on projects to implement climate change adaptation and sustainable urban development strategies in China. She has also served as a humanitarian health worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the UK, and as a UK diplomat in Beijing and London.

Liz is a global adviser to the Nigeria-based Visiola Foundation and a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Tim Yapp
Tim YappTim Yapp is Partner in MDY Legal , a multidisciplinary law firm providing legal advisory and programme management services with a focus on international development. Tim joined MDY Legal in 1990 from the international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, and oversees MDY’s development finance and programme management practices. In this role he has acted as lead legal advisor to the funders in the design and establishment of many well known innovative development financing initiatives, including the International Finance Facility for Immunisation and the Advance Market Commitment, working closely with governments, multilateral organisations, private sector companies and foundations. Tim is also responsible for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) Programme Management Unit and the Harnessing Non State Actors for the Poor (HANSHEP) Secretariat, both managed by MDY Legal.
Matthew Cooper
Matthew CooperMatthew is the Executive Manager of EfD. This involves managing the day-to-day operations of the charity; supporting the design, management and implementation of EfD’s grant funded programmes; and identifying opportunities to assess and promote the benefits of social enterprise for development more generally. He is an experienced development professional having worked as a consultant, researcher and analyst on wide ranging assignments in health, agriculture and infrastructure. Matthew joined EfD from CEPA  where he worked as a Senior Consultant, prior to which he worked in the global health practice at HLSP. He holds an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management from LSE and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Nottingham Trent University.