WHO WE ARE


Let's do good. Better!

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

Today, MzN International operates as a social enterprise, helping organisations around the world do better. We are guided by a strict ethical code, a willingness to challenge conventional thinking and we work a bit different to what many expect.


A social enterprise

Our mission is to make development and humanitarian aid better. Our top priority is to ensure that our work really helps those in need, in the best way. Anything else is secondary.

This mindset aligns our thinking with that of our clients. All our decisions are made with the efficiency and success of our projects in mind, even if it means hurting the bottom line.

Of course we operate as a financially sustainable enterprise. All the work we do generates a surplus from which we finance investments into continuous improvements and research.


Our ethical code

We are committed to strict ethical guidelines, including the Red Cross Code of Conduct and other international standards. We refuse to work with certain organisations that undermine these standards and values. Read our ethical code here.


Challenge conventional thinking

Let’s think outside the box. We continue to challenge assumptions and invest in research and innovation. In 2014, we worked with the University of Bristol to develop the new concept of Beneficiary-Led Aid. In 2015, we worked on co-developed Humanitarian Impact Bonds to help close the gap in funding for humanitarian assistance worldwide.


A bit...different

Because we are a professional services and development consultancy firm operating as a social enterprise, we do things a bit differently. Instead of a lengthy set of rules for our employees, we promote reasonableness and self-responsibility. This keeps internal red-tape to a minimum. In fact, our employee guidelines all fit on just one page.

We promote volunteering, matching the time our staff spend on worthwhile causes with extra time off work. And of course, our offices are powered by 100% on renewable energy.


Let's be truly transparent and open about it!

MzN International looks at feedback a little differently. During our training courses, we ask participants to give feedback both at the end of each day, and at the end of the course. Receiving end-of-day feedback throughout the course allows our trainers to assess where participants stand and incorporate any suggestions or recommendations from participants for the following day(s) of training. This maximises participant learning and engagement with the course.

The end-of-course feedback, however, is collected not only for our benefit, but also for yours. We publish all of it (yes, the good and the bad), in one comprehensive, easy-to-read document for anybody to see. Our extensive feedback helps us continuously refine and improve our courses, and we want you to be able to see first-hand how we are doing that.

So let’s not keep it to ourselves! Take a quick look at a small extract of some of our feedback here.

We publish not only 100% of the written feedback we receive, but also 100% of the verbal feedback. Take a look at the following videos to hear first-hand what our participants have to say about our training.

OUR VALUES

TRANSPARENCY

Wherever we can, we publish
what we do and our results,
good and bad.

SUSTAINABILITY

We have built a strong and
durable company that is here
to stay. We take full account of
our environmental impact.

“CAN-DO” ATTITUDE

We attract, retain and develop
the best talent worldwide. We
challenge each other to do better
and adopt a “can-do” attitude.

INTEGRITY

We take responsibility, are
unyieldingly honest, say what we
mean and match our behaviour
to our words. Always!


OUR TEAM

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 on 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 then 10 years experience working in emerging economies and fragile contexts. He continues to research in areas relating to development and aid. In 2015, together with Dr. Adrian Flint from the University of Bristol, Christian has developed the concept of beneficiary-led aid.

Matthew Kellog

Executive

Matt is an Executive at MzN International. With degrees from both sides of the Atlantic, including an MA in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz, Matt was motivated to join MzN and the development sector after time spent volunteering for a charity start-up in eastern Ukraine. He is responsible for the organisation and development of the training programme, maintaining support and communication with MzN’s country managers as well as managing our partner's training scheme. He also writes proposals for our partners and MzN International. In his free time, you’ll likely find him at an airport or train station.

Joshua Koelzer

Training and Project Assistant

Joshua makes sure that our consultancy and training projects run smoothly and that our clients always get up-to-date information about the progress of our joint work. He supports MzN senior staff in conducting technical advisory and keeps an eye on the administrative project work. Joshua is currently in the process of finishing his Bachelor's degree in International Business and Management at the Arnhem Business School, Netherlands. In his free time, you will most likely find him taking photos or playing guitar and piano.

John Demeza

International Development Director

John is the International Development Director at MzN International. He has worked in International Development for over 25 years, focusing on Programme Management, Procurement, and New Business Initiatives. He has spent more than 14 years living and working in the developing world. Since his deployment in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 1996, much of John’s work has been focused in post-conflict and post disaster affected states, having managed projects in the field in Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Aceh, and Iraq. During his long career with Crown Agents, John held senior positions focused on donor relations, particularly with DFID and the Government of Japan. From 2006 to 2008, John managed Crown Agents office Tokyo. Outside of work, John is a keen football fan, although you’re now more likely to find him on the golf course than on the football pitch.

Soumya Joy

Financial Executive

Soumya is our Financial Executive and makes sure all financial aspects run smoothly. In tandem, she works with the managers to evaluate projects for financial performance, so that we can best ensure our sustainability as a social enterprise for the long-run. Soumya values MzN International’s focus on doing good and having a positive impact, rather than being driven by profit. Soumya has completed her Master’s degrees in Management, from Mumbai University. She has extensive working experience in Banking, IT and Finance with International Organizations. Prior to joining MzN, she was working as a Senior Financial Analyst with Ford Motor India Limited in Controlling Function for Ford of Europe region. She has also worked with HSBC, Temenos and Capgemini in Banking, and IT Roles. She enjoys reading, travelling and cooking.


WHERE WE WORK

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JOIN OUR TEAM

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

We welcome applications from individuals who are passionate and pragmatic about what they do. What makes us different is our unwillingness to settle and unrelenting drive to make doing good better.

If you match this mind-set with relevant thematic and regional expertise, then we would like to hear from you.

We accept applications only for the below open vacancies and look at each application. You will be kept informed about every step of the review process. MzN is an equal opportunity employer.  All offices are barrier free.