Our Team

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Impact Advisory Services Inc. leverages a small core team supported by local networks of multidisciplinary experts in the countries where we operate.


Mwenda B. Albert Kazadi       

Founder & Principal Consultant

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Prior to starting Impact Advisory Services Inc. (IAS), he consulted with Adam Smith International’s Grow Programme in Monrovia, Liberia. Mwenda worked at Buchanan Renewable Energy in Liberia as a Finance & Strategy Specialist.

Mwenda started his professional career working at two leading global technology companies based in the United States, EMC & CSC, in Financial Analyst type roles. Mwenda received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (specializing in Finance) from Emory & Henry College in Virginia, and is also an alumnus of both EMC/Babson University’s Finance Certificate Program and SEO’s Global Corporate Financial Leadership Internship Program.

His primary philanthropic undertaking during his free time is assisting his mother in running her NGO, Joy Givers International, focused on providing disadvantaged youths in West Africa with local after school enrichment and educational opportunities.

Mwenda is a Liberian: born from a union of a Liberian (Grand Bassa County) mother and a Congolese (Kinshasa – Katanga Province) father.  He grew up in the Washington DC metro area.  Mwenda is passionate about using his quantitative skillset and his resources to advise organizations in developed and emerging markets.

 

Jefferson G. Krua

Consultant, Lead Database & Business Intelligence Specialist

About Jefferson:

A graduate of Cornell University, Jefferson brings a wealth of experience from having spent the past six years working in the fields of business intelligence, data warehousing, and data quality assurance. He has worked in the public sector ranging from relatively small organizations like the Liberia Electricity Corporation to large and complex entities such as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). The Liberia-born Jefferson is also experienced in developing web applications and other tools to facilitate data entry and data visualization.

 

Josiah Labala

Consultant, Lead Corporate & SME Accounting Specialist

About Josiah:

Josiah has eight years of prior Corporate Finance and Accounting experience. Prior to joining Impact Advisory Services (IAS), Josiah worked as a Financial Analyst for various consulting and research corporations; specializing in corporate budgeting and accounting. These included the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, IT consulting firm Computer Sciences Corporation and research institution American Institutes for Research. Josiah has a Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University Maryland and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He will complete a Master of Accountancy from The George Washington University in the spring of 2018. Josiah was born in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia and currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.

 

Luther Jeke

Consultant, Technology & GIS Specialist

About Luther:

Luther has seven years of experience in the Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) sector. Luther is currently a fellow of the US State Department’s President Obama Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) in Washington, DC. Luther earned a Bachelor’s Arts in Sociology with emphasis on Economics and has several professional certifications in Organizational and Project Management, Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Over the years, Luther has worked and consulted for entities in the USA and West Africa. These included Creative Associates Int’l, iLab Liberia, Ushahidi, Starz Institute of Technology, Int’l Bank Liberia, Ltd, etc. Luther is passionate about efficiently using innovative technology solutions to empower local communities, Governmental, Non-government and businesses.

 

Johannes Cooper

Consultant, M&E and Agricultural Sector Development Specialist

About Johannes:

Johannes has over ten years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation prior to joining Impact Advisory Services (IAS).  Johannes is a Liberian and a graduate from the College of Law and Business Studies. He is a pro-active leader with an expertise in monitoring, data collection and analysis. He has provided consultancy services to both National and International organizations. He consulted with the Adam Smith International; Ministry of Agriculture World Bank funded Projects, Ministry of Health USAID projects and others United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in Liberia. He has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 


 

Our Principal Consultant, Mwenda Kazadi, shares his story:

“I have significant experience in the agriculture and energy sectors in Liberia: developing a strong understanding of the Oil Palm, Rubber, Cocoa, Rice, Cassava, Vegetable and Biofuel sectors. During my time working in Liberia, I was provided the opportunity to gain significant field experience: traveling throughout every county; meeting and talking to both, traders and farmers (subsistence to more affluent tree crop farmers), about their experiences running their enterprises and learning about the daily challenges they face. In addition, I have worked with numerous concession companies that operate in-country (GVL, Sime Darby, Maryland Oil Palm and EPO), World Bank Group, domestic commercial banks, international institutions & development programs (FED, WFP), Government of Liberia’s various ministries and offices (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce and the National Investment Commission), on issues surrounding market and value chain development in Liberia’s agricultural sector.

Therefore, I am familiar with a lot of the constraints and issues that are unique and some not so unique to Liberia: such issues as land tenure, access to transportation, competitive cross border trade, access to finance, lack of quality input supply, and lack of irrigation technology.

Upon returning to the United States in late 2014, due to the Ebola outbreak, I founded Impact Advisory Services, in order to continue my work delivering research and financial advisory services and pursuing my vision of being a part of developing innovative solutions to address the constraints in commodity and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets.

I firmly believe that Liberia’s agricultural, mining and energy sectors have tremendous potential to transform the country for the better, however their potential is not being reached and we at Impact Advisory Services are seeking to address the issues. 

Personally, I have a passion for market and sector studies, agricultural research, value chain analysis, impact projection & assessment, farmer income, farming cost & return estimates and crop yield surveys, quantitative sector (economic) modeling and identifying high impact intervention projects (using the M4P methodology), especially within the oil palm, rice and vegetable sectors.”


Careers

Impact Advisory Services inc. is currently seeking high-potential candidates with strong analytical skills and experience in emerging markets.

Please send your CV and cover letter to: info@impactadvisoryservices.com

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