KPMG IDAS Africa practice
He is the founding partner and the former head of the KPMG IDAS Africa Practice.
Julio has spent the last 26 years working in development, 18 of which have been in Africa. He has advised key government institutions, donors, civil society organisations and private companies in over 40 countries in Africa and Latin America, working with CEOs, Board Chairmen & Executive Members, Presidents, Ministers, and Ambassadors to provide strategic and policy advice. For many years Julio has said that the development profession is quite unique in one particular aspect: If successful it would terminate jobs like his. Despite this, he looks forward to the day that Africa’s public resources would be used effectively with normal investment flows prevailing albeit ideally, so that the continent would not need any more aid.
Before such ideas became fashionable, Julio argued that doing good was good for business. He continues to use his broad experience in KPMG advising on the design, set up and management of large and complex multi-million dollar programmes- particularly global, continental, regional and country-specific Challenge Funds to make that vision come true. These funds in themselves are pioneering in nature offering progressive approaches to development challenges in agribusiness, financial inclusion, renewable energy, adaptation to climate change, and resilience. “Promoting business unusual across the continent is what gives me a kick every morning – finding and working with socially conscious entrepreneurs and innovators that will have a real, measurable and tangible impact.” he says. For him the end of aid is a dream worth chasing every day.
Ph.D. Development Economics, University of Oxford
Ph.D. Economics, University of Pavia
M.A. Development Economics, University of Manchester
B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, University of Madrid
Current: Partner in charge of the REACT & THINK portfolio, IDAS Africa practice, KPMG East Africa
Head of IDAS Africa practice, KPMG East Africa
Engagement partner, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, a multi-donor fund hosted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Engagement partner, Food Trade East and Southern Africa (formerly East and Southern Africa Staple Food Markets Programme) funded by the UK government
Engagement partner, MasterCard Fund for Rural prosperity funded by the MasterCard Foundation