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.




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.

In a recent company meeting, the assembled staff discussed MzN’s commitment to going “carbon neutral” (or possibly even “carbon positive”) and how to develop a credible estimate of our own Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for the 2019 operational year. Read the attached article.



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, MsC International Relations & Development

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 than 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.

John Demeza

Non-Executive Director

John is a Non- Executive 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.

Pallu Modi

Associate Director, MSc International Development, BSc Agricultural Economics

Pallu is an Associate Director with MZN, focusing on strategic planning, business growth and programme leadership with 20 years international development experience across over 40 countries. Her core experience lies in the reform of Government Departments and learning lessons to improve future programming and design and has led dozens of projects in diverse international development sectors and technical areas, often providing strategic oversight and management for teams operating in challenging FCAS environments. Pallu has spent most of her career providing leadership and strategic direction to enable growth in revenue and technical.

Joseph Nelson

Senior Consultant

Joseph is a consultant at MzN working on financial change management as well as heading the funding support team. Joseph has 15 years’ experience in the financial services sector and for the last five years 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 our Dhaka office and alongside his consulting work Joseph conducts financial training for MzN and is a part time lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Michael Short

Senior Consult

Michael Short holds a MPA (Indiana University) and has worked with several NGOs, including Africare, Save the Children, Counterpart International, and OXFAM on project evaluation, design, and implementation in Africa, Asia, and Central America, and also Africare's Director/Acting Director in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Niger, Chad and Eritrea. At UNEP, he supported development of the IPCC’s GHG Inventory Guidelines and the guidelines for climate change impact/adaptation assessments linked to 13 developing countries pilot studies. Now at MzN, he offers expertise in programme design, proposal writing and donor mapping, including for funding opportunities offered by USAID, DFID, UNDP and several private donors.

Anjanah Düren

Executive Customer Relations, Marketing & Communication, M.A. International Tourism Management

Anjanah is an Executive at MZN, focusing on customer relations, marketing, communication and event planning. She has various experience in organizing and implementing national and international events, fairs and meetings. She has implemented marketing strategies and pushed various social media activities. Moreover, she worked as a project manager within inclusive tourism. She has participated in several voluntary projects in the areas of xenophobia and refugee aid.

Anjanah loves travelling, sports, meeting friends and dogs.


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.