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Head of Strategic Growth and Portfolio Impact

Allan Duncan has more than 20 years of experience in designing and managing large, complex programmes in Africa and Asia. His work has cut across a number of areas, including climate change, institutional development, governance, and capacity building. He has managed multidisciplinary, culturally diverse teams that delivered high-quality results in challenging environments. He has worked extensively in Africa and South Asia for such clients as the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Duncan will lead a new business growth plan to strengthen Abt’s position in our current markets and develop the strategies and internal capacities to expand into new geographical, technical, and donor environments. He also will reenforce existing programme management systems to maximize programme implementation impact to deliver greater value to the countries and communities where we work.

Before Abt, Duncan led the Public Sector Governance team at Oxford Policy Management. In that capacity, his work ranged from providing technical advice to the Zambian government on designing and setting up a Community Development fund to managing the multi country FCDO funded Action on Climate Today programme.  That programme supported national and sub-national governments in their planning and budgeting reform to promote climate adaptation. In addition, Duncan served as associate director at KPMG East Africa Limited for fragile and conflict affected states and did work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and East Africa.


  • Management consulting
  • Research
  • Strategic planning

Key Projects:

  • Capacity Building Trust Fund for South Sudan
  • Action on Climate Today
  • Domestic Resource Mobilisation Uganda
  • Kenya Extractives Programme


Allan Duncan