Partner and Co-Founder of ESPartners, Rob has spent much of the past 15 years advising SMEs in developing countries enhance their competitiveness. Rob is currently based in Washington, DC where he advises corporate, government and international donor clients on a range of entrepreneurial solutions for prosperity including business strategy, SME finance, cluster & value chain competitiveness, and private sector development policy. Prior to founding ESPartners, Rob was a Director with OTF Group, the first venture backed advisory firm focused on emerging markets. During his 8 years with OTF Group, he developed a particular expertise in the application of business strategy and innovation to solve competitiveness challenges in post-conflict economies such as Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, and Afghanistan. Before joining the OTF Group, Rob worked for the Peace Corps in West Africa where he supervised micro-credit and small enterprise development programs in Benin and Guinea-Conakry. Rob earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from The McDonough School of Business, at Georgetown University, as a John F. Connelly scholar. He also earned a B.A. from the University of Vermont with a double major in Economics and French. He is a recognized expert in private sector development and is currently authoring several publications for USAID on best practices and techniques for value chain upgrading. He is a contributor to an original book of essays focused on private sector development, called “In the River They Swim”, released by Templeton Press in April 2009.