Dr Marcus Powell is a director at CEI and a recognized labour market expert with over 25 years of professional experience. He began his career as a lecturer and researcher in the areas of skills development and labour markets at the Universities of Leicester and Huddersfield. Marcus has also worked as a full-time staff member for a number of international organisations and companies as a labour market adviser, before joining CEI.
Marcus’ area of specialism include: labour market analysis and information systems, sector based studies and the formulation of skills development strategies. He has worked extensively on assignments in these areas in Southern African and South East Asia, including team leader and project director roles on major reform programs. Marcus has been employed directly by governments and also by international organisations including: the ADB, the Commonwealth Secretariat, DFAT, GIZ, the EC, DFID, ILO, OECD the World Bank. Marcus has also published widely in these areas, including a number of books and policy orientated studies for donors and governments in different parts of the world.
At CEI Marcus is responsible for overall strategy and business development. Marcus also plays a key role in technical back-stopping at CEI
fred brooker – Principal Education Advisor
Fred Brooker is an education and human development specialist with over 30 years of professional experience in education. Fred began his career lecturing and teaching in educational institutions in Finland including in-service teacher training for Finnish basic school teachers. In 1986 he began a long career in development work in the broader field of education with extensive experience in global education initiatives including the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), post MDG agenda and Education For All. Fred has specific expertise in learning assessments, teacher development, educational planning and management, education policy reform, skills development and employment, adult education and institutional development.
Fred has practical experience in the design, management, implementation and monitoring of education programs from small community-based interventions to large scale projects. He has worked for bi-lateral agencies, international contractors and NGOs. His most recent work experience is with the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (former AusAID) and Irish Aid. Fred has directly worked in Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific in 13 countries.
At CEI, Fred has overall responsibility for education and lifelong learning and is involved in business development, project management and quality assurance.
peter short – Education and Training Adviser
Peter Short is the Education and Training Adviser working for CEI and has 15 years of experience in development work plus a further 30 years’ involvement in education and training in Australia. Peter worked with the Western Australian Department of Education and Training, commencing as a teacher and in a range of other roles including Senior Curriculum Officer, Director of Schools, Executive Director and Senior Adviser to the Director-General of Education. Peter also has university lecturing experience and has worked on a national secretariat developing Australian curriculum.
Peter’s areas of specialisation include Human Resource Planning, Qualifications and Standards design and development, policy development and strategic planning. He has worked extensively in these areas in southern and South-East Asia, the Pacific and in sub-Sahara Africa. Peter has undertaken team leader, project manager and consultancy roles in his development work roles. Peter has worked directly with government and NGOs and has also worked with development partners including the EU, DFAT, DFID, ADB, WB and GIZ.
Peter has a special interest in approaches and strategies that promote life-long learning for disadvantaged groups. At CEI Peter is responsible for life-long learning and supports project preparation and quality assurance in education, as well as TVET.
Business & Finance Team
Louise Holland – Financial Director
Louise Holland is financial director at CEI and one of the co-founders. Louise’s experience lies in programme management and capacity building of women in the workplace. She has over 20 years’ experience of financial management covering EC Programmes, particularly supporting labour market reform and promoting Gender Equality. She has been instrumental in building CEI and ensuring that it has transparent management and financial systems.
As Financial Director of CEI Louise’s specialism lies in the preparation of programme budgets and also in relationships management, as well as supporting effective implementation and ensuring quality outputs are achieved. She has worked on the financial budgets across wide range countries including Africa, South east Asia, EC, and Kazakhstan, and has drawn up all contracts and held negotiations with many different donors, including: the World Bank, European Commission, ADB, ILO, and DFID, as well as dealing with partner companies and governments in the development world.
At CEI Louise is responsible for all aspects of administration, logistics and mobilization of projects and experts, liaison with development partners and resource management.
Andrew Sitorus – Business Development Manager
Andrew Sitorus is one of CEIs new staff members. He joined CEI in August 2015 and previously Andrew worked in the financial services sector in Indonesia with over 10 years of working experience in various roles, ranging from analysts, manager and marketing. With over 10 years in the banking sector Andrew has in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with clients, managing accounts and generating new businesses.
Prior to joining financial services company, he has graduated from University of Indonesia with Master Degree for Financial Management that make him has core competencies in corporate finance and financial analysis with a strong macroeconomics knowledge and marketing strategy.
At CEI Andrew is responsible for business development activities and in liaising clients over new business opportunities and helping to put together new tenders and find appropriate partners, as well as experts to work with CEI
Michael Howard is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has also held positions in economics at the University of Lancaster and the University of Leicester in the UK, the University of California in the United States and the University of Waterloo. All these positions were as tenured faculty and the latter two were at the rank of full professor. Michael Howard has also held visiting appointments at universities and research institutes in Australia, Greece, Mexico and The Netherlands.
He has authored eight books and over sixty articles, with publications in the highest ranked presses and journals. His consultancy specialism’s are in the areas of public policy and the integration of educational programs with labour market requirements. Michael is responsible for economic and higher education studies at CEI, including appraisals and policy orientated analysis.
ICT and Knowledge Management Expert
Shafraaz Abdoola is an ICT specialist with over 20 years practical work experience in the ICT sector. He has extensive experience in both the public sector and private sector in South Africa. He has worked in ICT in the: retail, logistics, healthcare, IT consulting, defence & security industry sectors as well as serving as a consultant to national government departments.
His areas of specialism include: software development, ICT infrastructure implementation, and project management. He has an MBA from the University of South Africa (School for Business Leadership). At CEI, Shafraaz is responsible for ICT and information systems for strategic planning and research. At present he is also supporting business development for CEI in Southern Africa.
Kath Marnane – TVET Specialist
Ms Kath Marnane is an Associate at CEI and has 20 years working as a TVET specialist, covering TVET professional development and teacher training, TVET governance, policy development, apprenticeship programs and capacity development. Prior to working at CEI Kath advised a number of leading universities including Queensland University of Technology around professional leadership in the area of technical vocational education training systems and programs. Kath has also worked as a staff member for both public and private organisations and companies in the area of skills development and human resource development.
Kath Marnane specialisms lie in: reforming national skills development systems, developing national qualification frameworks, undertaking sector based studies and policy analysis, as well as the development TVET strategies to improve help access. She has worked across Asia and the Pacific, including roles of Team Leader and senior advisory roles. Kath has also developed social marketing strategies and non-formal TVET programs. Kath has been employed directly by donor organisations such as ADB, SDC and has worked extensively on DFAT programs through universities, government and industry organisations. Kath has written a significant number of policy papers, reports and studies for donors and governments.
As Associate with CEI, Kath is responsible for the area of TVET across CEI, supporting business development.
The CEI Team
CEI has a highly experienced and professional team with expertise from early childhood education through basic and secondary, as well workforce development and the labour market.
Our company combines a strong balance of practitioners who have worked from community-based interventions to high level technical work in governments and donor agencies to expert researchers grounded in development and working with local institutions and experts.