Our people

KI’s team of highly-skilled full-time and associate consultants have experience of solving complex development challenges across a wide range of sectors and organisations – and work together to deliver the strategic, financial and governance solutions our clients are seeking. Our consultants have worked in major commercial organisations, for grant-makers, donors and governments, and have led NGOs and charitable organisations. They have been leaders in business and industry and led international project teams in countries across the world. They bring this experience to better understand local issues and find solutions that combine indigenous knowledge with international best practice from all sectors.

Our core team

Jason Olson

Jason is Konung International’s Managing Director and brings wide experience in public sector reform, including: centre of government; political economy; legislatures and parliaments; civil society; legal reform; legislative drafting; public financial management; civil service reform; rule of law; security sector reform; and public sector, NGO and CSO capacity building. He has designed and implemented reform programmes, and works on both high-level systematic issues and day-to-day procedures. Jason has developed winning technical approaches to several substantial and innovative donor programmes, focusing on both supply-side governance reform, and demand-side accountability and advocacy programmes. 

Michael Francino, OBE

Michael is a co-founder of Konung International. He is a senior expert in public financial management with extensive experience in Central, South and South-East Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific. After retiring from the Government of Canada as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance, and member of the Treasury Board, he served as an IMF adviser in several countries in Europe and Central Asia. Since then, his focus has been on strategic reforms aimed at creating or extending financial management in transitional or post-conflict countries. His depth of experience in tax and revenue, budget, and treasury work offers the kind of broad perspective needed by embryonic national governments – or governments seeking to pursue a holistic reform agenda.  

Magdulein Abaida

Magdulein is a London-based human rights expert, gender specialist, and project manager for Konung International. She has contributed to a variety of DFID projects – and is an active human rights campaigner, with approximately eight years of experience working on, and heading up, grassroots NGO projects. Magdulein founded the ‘My Rights Organisation’ in Libya; an organisation focused on campaigning for women’s rights following the rise of violent extremism in the region. She has drafted several successful project proposals and subsequently completed a number of rights-based projects in Tripoli, funded by UNDP, Creative Associates and the FCO – all designed to build capacity and raise awareness of women’s legal and constitutional rights in Libya.

Some of our consultants

Interested in joining the KI team?

If you have experience of working in the International Development sector, and would like to join KI as a consultant or part of the core team please get in touch, and complete our short application form here.