Desmond is currently a Research Associate with the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED). He has over six (6) years of experience in the development sector issues. He has gained experience through his work with institutions such as the Ministry of Finance – Ghana specifically with the Financial Sector Division under the Development Finance Unit, Rural and Agricultural Finance Programme (RAFiP) an IFAD funded project, MEL Consulting Limited, Pentax Management Consultancy Services Limited, Devtplan Consults, and Boundless Consulting Group Limited prior to joining ICED. Desmond is experienced in budgeting, forecasting, the microfinance sector, the agriculture sector, and producing financial reports as well as reviewing internal company processes to advise on any improvements which could be made. This has provided him with a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience in Financial Management, Business Development, Research design, and Implementation, Strategy and Policy Development, Human Resource Management, Community Engagement, Capacity Building Workshop training, Rural Finance, Agricultural Value Chains Financing, Private Sector Development, Manuals Development, Proposal Writing, Institutional Assessments, Matching Grant Implementation, Project Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation and Financial Inclusion Strategies. Desmond brings on board his experience gained over the years to ICED as he undertakes assignments that include perception survey studies, data collection, data analysis, organizational capacity assessment tool (OCAT) development, theory of change design, impact evaluation, thematic evaluation, and retrospective evaluation of policy documents. Desmond is a finance graduate who holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting option) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).