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.
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 was previously EfD’s Executive Manager and has transitioned to a trustee position.

Matthew is a health economist with particular expertise in health financing, policy and strategy development, evaluation and performance monitoring, and economic/VfM analysis of global health initiatives/programmes/interventions. As a consultant he has conducted wide ranging assignments for the ELMA Foundation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Prosperity Fund, the Gates Foundation, Gavi, Global Fund, Health Metrics Network, Medicines Patent Pool, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Public Health England, Stop TB Partnership, TB REACH, UNICEF, UNITAID, Wellcome Trust and WHO. Matthew is a member of NICHAD (Network of International Consultants in Health and Development) and has associate relationships with a number of successful health consultancies, including CEPA, Euro Health Group (EHG) and Itad. He holds an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management from LSE