KEY PERSONNEL

Leon Isaacs
Leon has a deep knowledge of remittances and in particular, how they work; the development potential of them, regulatory issues across multiple markets; the existing product offerings in the market; the challenges and opportunities in send and receive markets as well as consumer needs. Prior to establishing DMA, he worked for 15 years at a senior level for a number of international money transfer companies including MoneyGram, Travelex, Thomas Cook and Coinstar. At these companies he was very involved in developing the strategic direction of the businesses and was responsible for new product development as well as outreach strategies for increasing market share. Leon continually liaises with international regulators, donor agencies technology companies, consumers, and all stakeholders with an interest in the remittance market.
Atam Sandhu
Atam has a deep and practical understanding of international investment and has worked in the field for over 15 years. Having designed and run a number of prestigious investment fora and roundtables for over 30 countries, Atam maintains contacts at the highest levels of many governments, development agencies, development banks, thought leaders and industrialists. Atam has a unique understanding of the investment process from the perspective of government, donors and enterprise and the challenges and opportunities different environments present. He has been instrumental in matching partners and mobilising large scale investments into numerous emerging markets. In addition to his work at DMA and among a number of honorary positions, Atam is also President of the UK-Côte d'Ivoire Business Council, an Advisory Board Member of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) and a co-founder of the not for profitwww.waitingforacab.com. Atam was recently given the honour of being made a Knight of the Order of Merit by the Government of Niger.
Peter Hain
Peter Hain recently joined DMA's Board as a non-Executive Director. Elected an MP in 1991, The Right Honourable Peter Hain was 12 years a government minister, including Secretary of State for Wales, Northern Ireland, Work and Pensions and Leader of the Commons. He was also Europe Minister, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister. HE chaired the UN Security Council, and negotiated international treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the conflict-inducing trade in blood diamonds. His childhood was spent in apartheid South Africa, until his parents were forced into exile in 1966 where he became a leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain during the 1970s and 1980a. He obtained degrees at Queen Mary College, London, and Sussex University. He has written his memoirs Outside In (2012), Ad & Wal: values, duty, sacrifice in apartheid South Africa (2014) and the concise popular biography Mandela (2010). Over nearly 50 years in politics Peter has written or edited 20 books, and many pamphlets and articles, and has appeared widely on radio and television.
Henry Bellingham
Henry Bellingham is a non-Executive Director at Developing Markets Associates. Henry was first elected as MP for North West Norfolk in 1983. A specialist in small businesses, countryside and farming issues, defence and Northern Ireland, he was PPS to Malcolm Rifkind (then Defence and Foreign Secretary) from 1991-97. Between 1983 and 2003, he served on three different Select Committees; Environment, Northern Ireland and Trade and Industry. From 2002 to 2005, Henry served as Shadow Minister for Small Businesses, Enterprise and Construction. Henry has also served in the Whips Office and as Shadow Minister for Legal Services, the Court Service, the Judiciary and Family Law. After the Coalition Government was formed in May 2010, Henry joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under William Hague, and up until September 2012, served as the Minister for Africa, the Caribbean, the Overseas Territories, the UN and Conflict Issues. Henry studied Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Having graduated in 1977 he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) where he served as a barrister for eight years.
Roger Martin
Roger Martin is a Director of Developing Markets Associates. A former political secretary to two UK Prime Ministers, immediately prior to joining DMA Roger was a consulting director, working for several years advising and assisting businesses operating and/or investing in sub-Saharan Africa, and interacting with African governments and the private sector. Prior to this Roger had been a senior practitioner in the IT, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. For over 25 years he headed corporate affairs and marketing communications for international businesses, working closely alongside his Chairmen and Chief Executives and with Board colleagues to promote and guide corporate reputation. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and has developed and led teams involved in re-branding, communications, change management and crisis management. Roger studied international relations at the University of Sussex and then at  Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.   
Haydon Warren Gash
A company director and former British diplomat, who joins DMA with in-depth knowledge of Africa, Latin America and the Mediterranean. His final diplomatic posting was as Ambassador to Colombia (2005-8). Before that he was Ambassador to Morocco, also covering Mauritania (2002-5); and Ambassador to the Cote d’Ivoire (1997-2001) concurrently with Ambassadorships to Liberia, Burkina Faso and Niger. Previous African experience includes the Deputy High Commissioner post in Nairobi. He also served in the Embassies at Ankara, Paris and Madrid. His postings in London included two years as Private Secretary to the Minister of State and a specialisation in Mediterranean questions as Deputy Head and later Head of the Southern European Department, providing him with an excellent working knowledge of Whitehall. Since leaving the Foreign Office, he has devoted his energies to promoting closer British business links with emerging markets. His primary but not exclusive focus has been on Latin America and Africa, using his knowledge and contacts to open doors and create new opportunities. In parallel with his work for DMA, his is a director of FORO Consulting and a director of the British Colombian Chamber of Commerce. Born and grew up in Kenya. Graduated (MA Hons) in Economics from Cambridge. Married with two children. Fluent in French and Spanish, with some Turkish and Swahili.
Jonathan Capal
Jonathan is a specialist in the field of international remittances with a background in managing both remittance projects and foreign investments forums. In 2009 Jonathan launched DMA’s Asia Pacific operation in Sydney, Australia. From this office he manages the Australian and New Zealand government supported project, www.sendmoneypacific.org and the recently launched, Australian government supported www.sendmoneyasia.org website. Furthermore, Jonathan is involved in major remittances projects including the World Bank’s ongoing global remittance prices database – http://remittanceprices.worldbank.org. He has managed investment programmes for a number of governments. Prior to his career at DMA, Jonathan was the production manager on flagship investment journals for both government and corporate clients and consulted on innovative remittances projects for DFID. Jonathan holds a degree in Economics and a Public Policy.
Chris Gerrard
Chris brings years of experience to his roles at DMA. During his time with the company he has managed major remittances projects such as the World Bank’s ongoing global remittance prices database – http://remittanceprices.worldbank.org, and African database http://sendmoneyafrica.worldbank.org/; scope studies and policy analysis for organisations such as the Department for International Development (DFID) and consultancy projects for private sector clients. Alongside his work in the remittances stream, Chris manages a team of experts to publish DMA’s bespoke investment reports for sovereign governments, many of which have won plaudits in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his career at DMA, Chris was a team member on flagship remittances projects for DFID and worked in editorial departments on international development oriented titles for multilaterals and companies such as BT, Visa and Unilever.

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