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The GIM Initiative is part of the UNDP Private Sector Division headed by the Director Henry Jackelen. The Division also hosts the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that challenges private sector companies to adapt their core business models in support of poverty eradication and growth in developing countries, and the Inclusive Markets Development (IMD) programme, which seeks to promote inclusive market policies and projects globally.

Programme Manager: Sahba Sobhani is the lead author of the first GIM report, “Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor”. Previously, he managed two key private sector initiatives in the executive office of the former Administrator of UNDP, Lord Malloch Brown, including the Commission on the Private Sector and Development headed by Paul Martin, the former Prime Minister of Canada, and Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico’s former President, and the African Financial Markets Initiative. In this capacity, he was the co-author of “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” Report, the seminal report of the Private Sector Commission produced at the request of then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the managing editor of the African Stock Markets Handbook. Sahba Sobhani has also worked in the private sector at Idealab in Palo Alto and Newscom Limited in Singapore. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Programme Associate: Before joining the Private Sector Division in 2007, Austine Gasnier worked with the French Development Agency in Paris. Her areas of expertise include business and development, politics and international relations. A native of France, Austine holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Po in Bordeaux.

Research Analyst: Suba Sivakumaran was the Country Director of Room to Read Sri Lanka, a non-profit working in education in the tsunami and conflict zones of the country. She was also a credit analyst with Morgan Stanley in London. Suba holds a degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.