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Joseph Benson

Assistant Consultant, Asia Regional Team

Three years of experience and a burgeoning skillset in international development in Asia, focusing on GIS and community participation projects in climate change, WASH and disaster risk reduction.

Completing an MSc in Practising Sustainable Development after studying Geography at University College London, JB is a skilled bid manager on the Asia Regional Team at IMC. He is engaged with programmes throughout Asia, funded by such organisations as DFID, ADB, DFAT, World Bank and European Commission.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) and community participation/capacity building specialist, JB focuses his bid and project work on natural resource management, climate change adaptation/mitigation, disaster risk reduction, eco-innovation and water-based programmes. He has undertaken diverse field work projects, from examining sustainable livelihoods of Kek’chi Mayan communities in Southern Belize, to analysing and mapping the ability of local communities to adapt against climate change in the Isles of Scilly.

Previously straddling the Strategy Team and Programme Support Unit at WaterAid, JB is well-acquainted with programme procurement, proposal writing, donor contracts dissemination and partners’ assessment and evaluation. He is currently responsible for overseeing a diverse portfolio of bids across Asia.

In 2009, JB was named Young Geographer of the Year by the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a place on a climate change research expedition to southwest Greenland. A hard-working, honest and reliable person, JB seeks to complete any task efficiently, without compromising in quality, and always having a smile on his face.

“Here at IMC, I am invigorated to use my skills to tangibly improve the quality of life in communities across Asia. Within talented, dynamic teams, I am able to practise as well as improve upon my specialisms in WASH, climate change and cartography in order to truly transform. I think this innate ethos of innovation in a consultancy is very rare.”

Qualifications

  • 2015, Practising Sustainable Development, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • 2014, BA Geography, University College London, UK