Trevor Davies, Global Head of the International Development Assistance Services Center of Excellence at KPMG, spoke to program students about trends in world populations, poverty levels, and the need for significant development programs to overcome challenges such as shortages of teachers. Mr. Davies started his career in private sector development with Thorn EMI before joining KPMG in 1989. He worked on the acquisition of ICL for Fujitsu, and as a result, worked closely with the UK government, leading to roles supporting HM Treasury and UK Cabinet Office on complex change programs. Since then, Mr. Davies has acted as reform adviser in the Office of the President of Guyana, and for the Prime Ministers of Grenada and Jamaica. He also served as adviser to President Mandela's Provincial Review Commission in South Africa. He has led poverty alleviation, economic development, Public Private Partnerships and public sector reform projects in a wide range of fragile states and least developed countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In his presentation, he discussed the need for greater domestic resource mobilization: developing capability within a country, rather than “flying it in”. Mr. Davies explains KPMG’s development work as integral to the agency’s business platform. As he explains, “If you’ve got a strong, stable community, you’ve got a good chance of having strong, stable businesses. Those business could be our future clients.”

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