December 10, 2015—Darrell Freund, a specialist in building the competitiveness of developing countries, has joined Nathan Associates as managing director in charge of the firm’s Economic Policy and Governance unit. The addition will take the firm’s leadership in public financial management to an even higher level.
Mr. Freund brings to Nathan Associates more than two decades’ experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific region. He most recently served three years in Jakarta as public financial management adviser on the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance, the largest Indonesia project sponsored by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He previously spent a decade at PDP Australia Pty Ltd., a Sydney-based consulting firm, working with governments in addition to the Asian Development Bank, Germany’s international development agency (GIZ), the UK’s Department for International Development, and the World Bank. Before that he worked for the audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG.
“Accountability and wise stewardship of resources by local, regional, and national governments are increasingly vital to economic development,” said Paul W. Moore, Nathan’s senior vice president for international development economics. “Darrell has proven in multiple environments the ability to design, build, and implement public financial management systems. He will further enhance the firm’s well-established ability to respond specifically to each government’s unique needs.”
“I am delighted to join a firm with such a reputation and reservoir of talent,” Freund said. “We look forward to working with governments at all levels and locations as they identify, adopt, and execute reforms that clear the way for growth.”
Among several economic policy programs, Nathan is implementing Leadership in Public Financial Management II, which supports the U.S. Agency for International Development in improving economic governance in a number of countries. The project encompasses tax policy and administration, trade and regulatory reform, and sector analysis. The firm provides training, applied research, assessments, and technical assistance for the project.