LONDON — Hannah Graham, an international development professional with a decade of experience specializing in the design and delivery of education and cash systems, has been appointed managing director of CGA Technologies, an affiliate of Corus International.
Graham succeeds CGA Technologies founder Charlie Goldsmith, who had requested a return to full-time technical work within the firm.
“I share the Corus International Board’s confidence that Hannah has the right combination of technical and functional skills, and the commitment to the poor to be a ‘good shepherd’ for this firm and to deliver high quality, impactful work for our clients and the communities we serve,” Goldsmith said.
Graham assumes leadership of CGA Technologies after serving in senior management, directing projects and overseeing staff wellbeing and professional development. She joined CGA in 2011 after completing an M.A. in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College, London.
She initially worked with the South Sudan team to support public sector reform, and then on the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) program. In 2015, Graham became country lead for Kenya, building up CGA’s work there from a standing start. This included the design and oversight of CGA’s cash transfer support to girls in and around refugee camps in northern Kenya under the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP II) and its successor project, LEAP – the first projects in Kenya to provide pure cash to refugees.
Since 2018, Graham has served as projects director for CGA, based in the UK but working closely with both Kenya and Sierra Leone teams. In Sierra Leone, Graham oversaw CGA’s work supporting human resources for health reform, leading a payroll cleaning exercise that saved the Government of Sierra Leone £238,000 GBP within the first six months. She designed and managed the pilot Sierra Leone Education Attendance Monitoring System for teachers under the Teaching Service Commission.
Beyond her work on CGA’s projects and programs, Graham has played a crucial role in the firm’s organizational development. She is CGA’s company-wide Safeguarding Focal Point, having redeveloped its ethics policy to reflect international best practices. She is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, facilitating CGA’s DEI Committee in the development of a company-wide DEI strategy.