AAW Global – Providing a Unique Consultancy Service
20th November by Imogen Ward
AAW Global is the international consulting arm of AAW. It is a ‘virtual’ based team focused on providing strategic support to major INGOs and international not-for-profits. Its five geographically disbursed team members - Matthew, Sergio, Celina, Lorena and Khanya - are all alumni of the Said Business School. They work with Tobin, Imogen and Richard on a variety of projects around the world. In 2020 alone this team has supported projects in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and South East Asia.
AAW Global is the brainchild of Matthew Morgan who responded to an ad we placed seeking a new consultant to join our team back in 2019.
Here we share a little about the ‘team of 5’ and the type of projects they’ve delivered on behalf of AAW Global. If you would like to find out more about how AAW Global can help your organisation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AAW Global Team Origins
After nearly 8 years spent working in business strategy, corporate finance, and investment management across Asia (South Korea and Japan), Matthew was seeking to pivot into international development consulting with an entrepreneurial edge. He had specifically decided to attend the University of Oxford’s MBA programme given the emphasis on stakeholder capitalism and social impact, as framed through the lens of global cross-cutting issues such as demographic shifts, natural resource scarcity, and technological challenges.
The Oxford MBA attracts students from around the world (60+ nationalities) who seek to make a positive difference in their communities and abroad, as enshrined in Oxford Saïd Business School’s vision: “We aspire to be a world-class business school community, embedded in this world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.” One month prior to graduating in August 2019, Matthew came across a posting from AAW that resonated strongly with his post-MBA direction.
In Matthew’s own words: “I was often recognized as a connector during the MBA degree, and I tried to carry this mindset into the workplace. It quickly became apparent that classmates would be invaluable to the success of projects in specific countries such as Romania, Egypt, and Uruguay. As a result of both business needs and the desire to involve peers, we have brought on nearly ten members from the Oxford MBA community across several cohorts.” Joining Matthew with AAW Global, Sergio Navarro in particular has played a key role in developing our capabilities for delivery in the finance and healthcare space, and Celina Chan has been instrumental in talent recruitment and management.
AAW Global Services
We aim to blend multiple disciplines, ranging from investment banking to corporate strategy, healthcare, nonprofits, policy, and social entrepreneurship, to evaluate diverse problems and offer tailored solutions. We enable clients to operate more effectively in their future resource mobilization planning and global strategy by providing strategic, operational, innovation, and financial advisory as an end-to-end service across human capital, organizational planning, change management, and fundraising capability building.
In the past 12 months projects have included:
- Board of directors US$ 50-100mn+ investment case and cross-border multi-year individual donor sustainer strategy (8 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia) for a humanitarian refugee non-governmental organization
- Market landscape research toolkits, emergency fundraising guidance, and organizational readiness assessments & operationalization plans in Eastern Europe, Middle East, and South America (6 countries) for one of the world's largest disaster relief organizations present in 190+ countries, sponsored at international headquarter and federation level
- Global fundraising television show feasibility analysis in 11 nations to provide breakthrough commercial entertainment options for a global development aid agency
- Emergency unrestricted funding benchmarking for leading children protection charity; virtual e-sports/gaming fundraiser; development of financing strategy for tier-1 air ambulance service; go-to-market expansion of 7 countries across Asia, Middle East, North America, and Oceania for major disability rights not-for-profit; individual donor giving scan of international environmental peers for a governmental forestry commission
About the Team
Matthew Morgan MBA
A specialist in international market development, Matthew completed his MBA at Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2019 as a Saïd Scholar after more than nine years spent in business strategy, financial analysis, and corporate development for multinational corporations and investment management firms across Asia Pacific. Matthew has worked in the Chairman’s office to help drive growth, product, and marketing at Mirae Asset Global Investments, one of the world’s largest emerging market equity investors, and led projects for Oxford Development Consultancy that included an assessment of the micro-finance market in Myanmar. Matthew is also currently a consultant with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change involved in government advisory. He has lived in 9 cities across 7 countries and travelled to over 50 countries in 5 continents. He speaks four languages, including French, English, and Spanish.
Sergio Navarro MBA
A specialist in international finance and global health innovation and development, Sergio completed his MBA at Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2019 as a Trinity Scholar focusing on impact investing and social impact after more than six years spent in corporate finance as an investment banker in growth markets, including Latin America and India at Goldman Sachs. Sergio helped lead initiatives to secure financing in Mexico and Brazil, develop optimization metrics for risk management, and develop an analytics platform within the Corporate Treasury Division at Goldman. He has also worked with USAID, Rotary International and CURE International among others, on global health efforts. Sergio has founded two health care start-up companies, has travelled and hiked every continent outside of Antarctica, and speaks four languages, including Korean and Spanish.
Celina Chan MBA
Sustainable Finance & Banking Director who has made a significant impact in Asia, Europe, Africa, and internationally. Celina possesses 10 years of experience in business development, investment, and global strategy with an international perspective from living in four continents. She is an Oxford MBA Scholar in sustainable finance with a dual undergraduate degree in Law and Business from the University of Hong Kong. Celina aspires to scale impact with her experience in business, strategy, risk, and leadership. Celina speaks fluent English and Chinese.
Lorena Godefroy MBA
Strong experience in operations, digital transformation and business development in social impact organizations in South America and East Africa. Lorena completed her MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in 2020 as an Alumni Find Scholar, after working in climate change consultancy, water access and in developing a digital solution for non-profit's volunteering and fundraising needs. Lorena has led diverse, multilingual and international teams, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Khanya Okumu CA(SA), MBA
A specialist in development and finance, Khanya is a Chartered Accountant and completed her MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in 2020 as a Chevening Scholar after more than eight years spent in investment analysis, fund management, and business strategy at Old Mutual Limited a pan-African financial services company. Khanya has experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating business support and capacity building interventions for small and growing businesses in manufacturing, supply chain and financial services industries. She led the management of a corporate SME investment fund including transaction origination and mandate implementation. Khanya is the CEO of Fun Learning for Youth, an education NGO focussed on delivering maths tutelage.