Cross-Pollinate Consulting Solutions is led by Susan Abbott 
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Susan Abbott
Susan Abbott

Susan Abbott  has more than 15 years working in the media development sector, with an emphasis on program design and development, monitoring and evaluation, project management, and capacity building.  Abbott currently works with Albany Associates, UK; the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy; the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and Internews.  She is Research Fellow with the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University in Budapest, and a co-director of an annual summer school program at CEU that seeks to improve practitioner and academic understanding on various matters of media development and digital rights.

Abbott is a co-editor of Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators (Peter Lang, 2011).

Abbott  was previously the Sr. Program Development Adviser for Internews’ Program Development Unit. In this capacity Abbott worked with Internews staff and partners on monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing, and research and learning activities.  Prior to her work at Internews, Abbott spent six years at the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. During this time, she worked closely with the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Budapest, the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, and the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. She managed the Annenberg sub-contract as part of the Jordan Media Strengthening Program, a five-year media development project implemented by IREX and funded by USAID, and the Sudan-based public opinion polling project Researching Attitudes Towards Peace and Conflict in Darfur. Abbott was previously a Program Officer in the Media Development Division at the International Research & Exchanges Board, in Washington, DC, where she worked on the USAID-funded Serbia ProMedia program. Earlier her career she worked as an editor for Central Europe Review, an online journal; and as a communications officer at The Media Institute in Washington, DC. She received her BA from The American University in Washington, DC, and a MA from Central European University in Budapest.

Cross-Pollinate Consulting Solutions collaborates with consultants, researchers, NGOs and others:

Dr. Mary Myers  – Development Communications Consultant

Mary Myers is a freelance consultant specialising in radio, ICTs and media in Africa.  She is British and works from her home near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.  She holds a Masters in French and Philosophy from Oxford University and a PhD from Reading University in International Development Communications.  She has worked on many projects and publications since going freelance in 1996, especially with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).  From 2002 to 2003 she was an adviser on communications and media within DFID’s Policy Division. With a background in NGO programme management, she travels widely and has worked in more than 25 countries in Africa, also in Asia and the Pacific.  Apart from working with DFID, recent clients have included the World Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation, the Center for International Media Assistance (National Endowment for Democracy), International Development Research Centre, Internews, IIED, Carleton University, France Expertise Internationale, Triple Line Consulting Ltd, BBC Media Action, iMedia Associates, Search for Common Ground and Farm Radio International. She has contributed to various academic conferences and written many research studies, policy-papers and reports on radio, media and development.

Marydean Purves
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Marydean Purves is a veteran international development worker, with over 25 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. She is a skilled strategic planner with expertise in project design & proposal writing, evaluation/analysis & report writing. She is experienced with gender analysis frameworks and gender programming. Marydean has always been immersed in womenʼs concerns in the context of her work, and as a talented designer on the side, she has produced cause-oriented events that feature women designers. As a ʻdesign venture capitalistʼ, Marydean sponsors designers and architects in developing countries. She prefers to encourage local talent to stay in the home country, and market their products locally. Women are the cornerstone for food, clothing and shelter. Marydeanʼs efforts are intended to promote womenʼs agency to manage (production) value chains for food, apparel, and housing.

Luisa Ryan
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Luisa Ryan

Luisa Ryan graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2011 with a Master’s of Journalism and Mass Communication, and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Luisa completed these studies as part of her Rotary Peace Fellowship, and has since worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Together Liberia in Monrovia, and Internews in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has also worked in the DRC for International Rescue Committee, World Vision and a private consulting firm on various qualitative research projects involving health, gender and governance. Most recently, Luisa worked as a Senior Policy Officer in the Fragility and Conflict section of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2014, Luisa  joins the Australian Government’s Civilian Corps roster as an Aid Specialist. Before completing her graduate education, Luisa worked for International Crisis Group (Brussels and Kathmandu), UNFPA (Nepal), the UN Mission to Nepal and the Australian Red Cross. Luisa is fluent in French, and has a working level of Spanish.


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