About us

Let’s do good. Better!

Who we are

It all started with a simple idea in 2011: Let’s build a development consultancy firm where the only priority is to help those in need. Profit, image and politics are all secondary.

Today, MzN International operates as a social enterprise, helping NGOs and international organisations in 50 + countries around the world do good – better – and making business operations, models and strategies more sustainable. We are guided by a strict ethical code and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking.

Our team

Christian Meyer zu Natrup

Managing Director

Joseph Nelson

Consultant

Carolin Gomulia

Consultant

Magdalena Lukowska-Sumila

Development Lead

Ben Lydon

Senior Consultant

Deborah Mowesley

Events Manager

Ruth Wachsmuth

Thought Leadership Editor

Juliette Ball

Website and Graphic Design

Ewan Henworth

Intern

Christian Meyer zu Natrup

Managing Director

Christian is the founder and managing director of MzN International. Christian is a governance reform and organisational change expert, specialising in digital transformation and making non-profit organisations financially sustainable. At MzN International, he leads our consulting and training work across 20 countries. Christian holds a postgraduate degree in international relations and is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 10 years of experience working in emerging economies and fragile contexts. He continues with research in areas relating to development and aid. In 2015, together with Dr. Adrian Flint from the University of Bristol, Christian developed the concept of beneficiary-led aid.

Joseph Nelson

Consultant

Joseph is a consultant at MzN working on financial change management. Joseph has 15 years’ of experience in the financial services sector and for the last five years he has assisted NGOs with their financial systems as well as their funding strategy. His work in consulting began in the Africa VC space, working on building financial systems and metrics to improve investment performance. From there, he consulted directly for the EC, working on country strategy papers and fiscal containment plans in the Middle East. He is currently based in Dhaka and alongside his consulting work Joseph conducts financial training for MzN and is a parttime lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Carolin Gomulia

Consultant

Carolin is a consultant at MzN, focussing on strategy and organisational development, change management and business development. Carolin has 15 years of experience working in the government and non-profit sector developing organisational and resource mobilisation strategies; assisting with programme design and organisational change processes; leading fundraising, and communications. Carolin holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies, and another in Development Management. She has also completed the Certificate Course in Business Analysis. She is deeply committed and passionate about social justice and transformation. Carolin is a German national with organic family links to Indonesia and resides for the past 14 years in South Africa.

Magdalena Lukowska-Sumila

Development Lead

I am working with businesses and non-profit organizations, supporting leaders in  sustainable development. I have a strong belief in locally driven initiatives. I assist with organizational strengthening, innovations, developing strategies and funding of international organizations.I did a postgrad in public policy in GRIPS Japan and a postgrad in Finance in ESC Rouen in France. My GRIPS Professor Fumio Nishino inspired me to work for Nippon Koei, a lead infrastructure development company in Japan. For about 10 years I served Nippon Koei as project economist, with various infrastructure development projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Poland, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia in water resources development, urban development, disaster management and public transport. Those big infrastructure development projects funded by JICA still emphasized collaboration with NGOs and community based solutions.My further experience with UNOPS on enhancing organization of Nile Basin InitiativeSofreco with business development and Tetra Tech Coffey for  DFID (now FCDO) Economic and Private Sector Framework Contract strengthened my belief in relevance of local organizations. My most recent role for Islamic Relief Worldwide and its Humanitarian Academy for Development was a step in the direction of strengthening local actors.Now in Warsaw, Poland, facing Ukraine crisis and response. Hoping to make the best of my capacity for businesses and non-profit organizations, supporting leaders in sustainable development.

Ben Lydon

Senior Consultant

Ben is a senior consultant at MzN focussing on fundraising and organisational development. He has over 10 years’ experience working in and with civil society organisations and INGOs. Ben is passionate about helping organisations to find their ways to fulfil their missions. With an academic background in languages – French and Arabic – and international relations, Ben has lived and worked in Syria, Libya and France and is currently based in Berlin.

Deborah Mowesley

Events Manager

Deborah is a consultant at MzN focusing on Events and Customer Service. She is responsible for managing, overseeing and promoting all engagement activities such as conferences, roundtables, webinars, and training, including research for suitable formats, planning, scheduling, staffing, and follow up of events.With an educational background in Communications specialized in Public Relations, Deborah has had six years of experience working in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. As a skilled communicator with keen organizational skills, she is dedicated to providing knowledgeable, resourceful, reliable and outstanding service.Deborah is a Kenyan national and is extremely passionate about sustainability and human rights.

Ruth Wachsmuth

Thought Leadership Editor

Ruth is content marketer and thought leadership editor at MzN. She is responsible for managing, overseeing and editing all content projects, including thought leadership pieces. She supports the implementation of marketing strategies involving social media, the website and various forms of communication within the organisation. She is passionate about sustainability, zero waste and equality.

Juliette Ball

Website and Graphic Design

Juliette is focused on web and graphic design. She has over 12+ years of experience in the ever-changing digital world. Juliette's passion is to create beautiful, clear websites and designs for any business. A website and your graphic elements are your window to the world. Passionate about anything ocean and for the planet, Juliette lives to make the planet a cleaner and better place. Juliette is currently based in Cape Town.

Ewan Henworth

Intern

Ewan is an intern at MzN, and a Politics and International Relations student at the University of Bristol. As well as studying there, he also tutors first years as part of the university’s peer assisted study programs and represents his coursemates in the student’s union. Additionally, he’s an editor for the European Student Thinktank, focusing on articles around EU foreign policy.

We are carbon negative

Since 2018, we operate 100% carbon negative.

In order to become a negative emissions organisation, we calculated our operational carbon footprint in 2019 and are planting trees through The Generation Forest cooperative to twice offset our carbon emissions.

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We are carbon negative

Doing good can be done better.

In order to become a negative emissions organisation, we calculated our operational carbon footprint in 2019 and are planting trees through The Generation Forest cooperative to twice offset our carbon emissions.

Find out more and join

Join our team

We are a multinational team of project managers and implementers, thematic and regional experts, business operators and analysts with experience in delivering complex projects for our clients worldwide.

Find opportunities