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Nick Travis

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Nick is a development economist and public finance specialist with extensive experience in advising governments across Africa, Asia and the Middle East on a wide range of public sector reform issues. He is currently the Country Manager of the OPM office in Yangon, responsible for leading on the delivery of the company’s portfolio of work in Myanmar. His specific areas of interest include the development and application of medium-term macro-fiscal frameworks, the formulation of macroeconomic policy for effective management of natural resource revenues and the design and implementation of public financial management (PFM) reforms, particularly in the field of planning and budgeting. Nick is an experienced manager and has previously been responsible for managing two of DFID’s largest reform programmes in the area of natural resource management – the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER) in Nigeria and the Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) programme, which seek to maximise the petroleum sector’s potential for promoting inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

Nick is currently the Team Leader on an assignment in Myanmar with the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement – funded by UNICEF – which aims to help the Ministry improve its capability around planning and budgeting for the delivery of social assistance services for the most vulnerable. Other recent assignments include research for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the macroeconomic impact of new natural resource revenues in Africa, the provision of technical assistance to the Palestinian Authority on the development of a macro-fiscal forecasting capability within the Ministry of Finance and the design and implementation of a public expenditure tracking survey (PETS) in the health sector across two provinces in Pakistan. 

Prior to joining OPM in 2012, Nick worked as an advisor for the DFID funded Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI) providing practical PFM advice to fragile states, as an economist and advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in South Sudan under the ODI Fellowship Scheme and as an economist in the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in the UK.