Ellen Erickson is an international development practitioner with 11+ years of experience in the space.  She is currently in Malawi working for a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (formerly UK Aid) initiative that tackles obstacles to economic growth and the provision of goods and services through locally-led, governance solutions – think new policy, institutional arrangements, etc. that change the ‘rules of the game’ for the benefit of all Malawians.  The issues she and her team seek to reform are diverse, and include low engagement of youth in entrepreneurship, inconsistent tax exemption practices, and counterfeit seed sold to farmers. Prior to Malawi, Ellen worked on various initiatives in Washington, D.C. as a consultant with Deloitte and Price water house Coopers (PwC), developing business solutions to development problems. Her clients included the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), United Nations (UN), U.S. Department of State, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In her work, she seeks to approach development differently by bringing innovative, sustainable solutions to development challenges.

As for her volunteering experience, it has always been her passion to help those who strive for better opportunities.  While in Washington, D.C., Ellen was a mentor for Streetwise Partners where she coached underemployed individuals, some of whom were refugees, so that they could obtain better employment opportunities or start their own businesses.

“Small businesses stimulate the economy because it is through their ingenuity and innovation that a country’s economy is more competitive, diversified, and can grow.  Nurturing a small business by assessing such things as market competitiveness, differentiators, and go-to-market strategies can help a business get off the ground, scale, and contribute to the strength of the economy.” – Ellen Erickson

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