Helvetas Symposium: Private Sector Engagement – from Aspirations to Reality
- E-Game Private Sector Engagement: Let’s play together! Learn more about the topic in the web-based role-playing game developed by Ukrainian game designers based on a real case.
- Live guided tour through the processing halls of Nature Bio Foods, India: Pay a visit to a large rice producing company near New Delhi and ask CEO Rohan Grove your questions.
Global Commercial Director
Julia Gorchakova is the Global Commercial Director at Mars Food. Over the last 17 years, Julia has held various local, regional and global roles in procurement across different industries with such companies as Japan Tobacco International, Johnson & Johnson and Danone.
Julia has led procurement for Mars Food since November 2021. In this role she is responsible for all raw and packaging materials, as well as co-manufacturing, sustainability and supplier quality assurance.
Ass. Director General
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Ambassador Christian Frutiger is Vice-Director General and Head of Thematic Cooperation at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He is responsible for the seven thematic sections of SDC, working towards the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Prior to this role, from 2019 to 2022 Christian led Global Cooperation at SDC, which included five thematic sections, Switzerland’s support to the UN and the World Bank, plus the SDC’s Strategy Team. Before joining SDC, Christian worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross in a number of field and headquarters positions, as well as in the private sector.
Dr. Arjumand Nizami
Dr. Arjumand Nizami has served as the Helvetas Pakistan Country Director since 2012. She worked as a private sector monitoring and evaluation advisor early in her career, and has since worked in international development cooperation in Pakistan for almost 30 years, holding varied programmatic roles.
Arjumand is an expert in natural resource governance. Her thematic interests focus on equity and benefit distribution of natural resources from gender and ethnic perspectives, and the conflict or social connectivity resulting from different governance approaches.
Eme Essien Lore
enior Advisor for Environmental, Social & Governance Risk Management
Eme Essien Lore is an advocate for a People-Planet-Profits Agenda in Africa. Eme spent almost two decades at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she worked in several capacities, including as Country Manager for IFC’s Nigeria office.
In 2021, she co-founded Wealth4Impact, an advisory non-profit which supports the potential for family-led philanthropy in Africa. Eme also serves as a Senior Advisor for Organizational Health at ESG Africa, which works with private companies to help them identify, assess and manage the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities inherent in their business models.
Regional Private Sector Partnerships Officer
World Food Programme
Arnold Kawuba has spent most of his career working in the field of global policy, relief and development, mostly with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), where he has worked in various countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, Nepal, Switzerland and Italy.
Arnold is currently based in Dakar, Senegal, where he serves as the WFP’s Regional Private Sector Partnerships Manager for the West and Central Africa Region. In this role, Arnold is responsible for brokering and managing partnerships between the UN WFP and private sector partners across a portfolio of 20 countries.