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Geoffrey Ferster, Ph.D.
Applied Economist, Consultant, Project Manager , Geoffrey Ferster Associates
Eden Prairie, Minnesota , United States
Applied economist, strategic thinker, designs cost-effective methodologies, solves consequential development problems with implementable advice for senior decision-makers at central, regions, district and local levels – in public finance, agriculture and health sectors, local economic growth, ‘best-practices’ technologies; transfers knowledge. Seeks challenging consultancies and opportunities.

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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 02/96 – 02/71 Lecturer, Bureau of Land Use Planning, Main tasks: Conducted field level water & agricultural development assessment/projects. Trained students in field level research at community level.

University of Exeter, UK, 03/71 – 04/76 Lecturer from 1973 Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research Main tasks: Conducted pioneering field level economic and finance research in National Health System (NHS) policies for maternal care, district level management with long term care and other issues. Published 35 papers; lead author in one of the first articles in The Lancet (October 2, 1976) by an economist.

World Health Organization, Jakarta, Indonesia, 06/76 – 09/83 Economist from 1979 Team Leader, Ministry of Health, Health Planning Unit Main tasks: Assist the MOH Bureau of Planning with economic and financing analysis for Primary Health Care and health policy formulation for Five-Year Development and annual plans; designed information systems to monitor projects and programs. Developed low-cost methods to plan and assess financing the health sector and system.

Independent Consultant: 09/1983 – Present: Health Sector 2000 International and Geoffrey Ferster Associates Applied Economist with 40+ years’ experience at country and field level mainly in the agricultural and health sectors and public finance; working with development agencies like the World Health Organization and multiple consultancies with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (two years), UNOPS (two years), Australian Aid, Dutch Aid, USAID – working with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, including technical specialists - while continually exchanging and transferring knowledge to significantly improve their capacities and the performance, effectiveness and impact of current portfolio of projects and to design new projects.

Research and consultancies has taken me to Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Palestinian Authority, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Turkey.

A few years ago, I took a hiatus from working on international projects and wrote a book. The Sincere Veneer: What Drives the Development Industry Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track. It analyzes and describes why the development industry has not delivered promised rewards – and I present a set of practical recommendations for sustained improvements. The book’s thesis and analytical techniques teaches individuals, consultant groups and organizations how to make a meaningful impact in international affairs at a local level.

ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE TO KEEP CURRENT: To provide high value added to clients, organizations and their projects – it is vital I am a continuous reader among wide-sources of publications and materials and a thinker. I keep current on the multiple issues, policies and events associated with the DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY.

University of Minnesota [09/75 – 06/62] B. S. Economics [09/59 – 06/60] London School of Economics and Political Science, UK]

University of Minnesota [09/62 – 06/66] M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics [Land Economics]

Cornell University [09/65 – 01/96] Ph. D. Agricultural Resources and Managerial Economics [Regional Agricultural Development & Water Resources] [Phi Kappa Phi – America’s Academic Honor Society]
Affiliations and Achievements:
Phi Kappa Phi – America’s Academic Honor Society (Initiated June 30, 1966 - Life Member)

American Economics Association (>25 years)

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Indonesian
    United States
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