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March 07 2012

Paul van Essche recently served the United Nations as Director of its Umoja administrative reform initiative. He developed the Umoja vision and mission himself, obtaining intergovernmental political support and convincing the United Nations General Assembly to fund the program to the tune of $315.8 million. Over the course of his three-year tenure with Umoja, he hired and oversaw a team of 170 staff and consultants, drawing from his own background as an independent management consultant to other UN agencies, funds and programs. In addition, Paul van Essche developed a comprehensive Change Management program, laid the groundwork for a new technical infrastructure, and put forward new business practices and a Service Delivery Model capable of saving the UN hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Before joining Umoja, Paul van Essche held the role of co-owner and Managing Partner at LeftBrain, Inc., a boutique management consultancy firm. While the company headquarters were in Washington, D.C., van Essche ran the firm’s largest operation out of the Geneva, Switzerland, branch. Featuring a staff of 12, LeftBrain had annual revenue of up to $5 million. Prior to joining LeftBrain, van Essche worked as an independent management consultant for clients such as Citibank and Swiss Re. In addition to providing these clients with business metrics and operational enhancement services, van Essche also contributed to startup ventures such as Addex Pharmaceuticals.

Before working independently, Paul van Essche served the Geneva, Switzerland, offices of Cambridge Technology Partners as Associate Director of Consulting. His role required him to serve clients in the FMCG space such as Philip Morris and Nestlé.

Paul van Essche studied electronic engineering at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal. As a student engineer, he gained practical engineering experience in South Africa’s wealth of gold and coal mines. After graduating, van Essche went on to attend the École Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where he earned a postgraduate degree in production management.

Currently living in Brooklyn, New York, Paul van Essche is a dual citizen of Switzerland and his native South Africa. He is fluent in both French and English.

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