Supporting Small Business Throughout the World


Over twenty-five years of experience in managing and advising on international development activities. Founder and President of Sibley International responsible for corporate planning, government liaison, business development and client relations. Experience in designing and directing technical assistance activities encompassing pioneering role in promoting social and commercial franchising as innovative tools in economic development; working with FSU countries in adopting international standards for accounting and auditing and carrying out nationwide enterprise accounting reform; promoting small- and medium-size enterprises through training and advice on competitiveness and export financing; value-added distribution and production systems; association development; and evaluations and assessments of development agency assistance activities. Innovative franchising activities include: Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program for health services Franchise Loan Guarantee Fund for USAID Franchise Equity Fund for the International Finance Corporation Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan franchise systems training and development India Family Health franchise network design, promotion and implementation Rural water franchise distribution system in Africa for World Bank Nation-wide franchise development program for indigenous Malays for GoM Ghana franchise promotion and education program for World Bank South Africa indigenous franchise development in townships for PDG Legal and regulatory advisory services in lease finance for franchising in Russia Franchise finance training for bankers in Hungary, Russia and Ukraine Served as Acting COP for Georgia Enterprise Support Project and Acting COP for Georgia Enterprise Accounting Reform. Has worked in North, Central and South America; the Caribbean; Western and Eastern Europe; FSU; Asia; Africa and the Pacific.


Bob Rourke, the proposed Project Manager for the REG project has spent a significant majority of his 30+ years of experience carrying out and supervising all the activities that fall to a project manager on activities funded by USAID, other government agencies and private sector clients. These projects have ranged in size from a $25,000 task order to one of more than $100 million. The REG project presents the twin challenges of ambitious objectives and uncertain funding levels. It will require considerable attention by Sibley management to field the best available teams, assure that they work quickly and effectively to accomplish the assignment, and stay within the tight funding limits suggested in the RFP. The latter half of his career was devoted to managing and providing technical services on several large USAID projects including, the Private Enterprise and Development Support (PEDS), and the Global Business and Trade and Investment world-wide projects, and the Omnibus and other projects focusing primarily on supporting privatization in Eastern Europe, and the Capital Development Initiative which promoted regional solutions to environmental and power generation issues in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. These projects were all task order-driven and share many similar management requirements with the REG project. USAID personnel familiar with Bob’s project activities will agree that he is a “player-manager” who provides highly effective oversight of technical performance and is thorough when it comes to contract administration and budget management.


Kathleen McDonald is an international SME/franchise business development consultant with over 24 years of experience in market analysis; business evaluation; distribution strategies; capacity building; gender mainstreaming; and managing new franchise businesses. Her project assignments have taken her from North America to emerging markets of Russia, South Asia and the Middle East; trained in best practices and with expertise in both service and retail businesses, conducted regional and national market assessments which included gender perspective (Canada, Russia, Jordan, Pakistan, MENA); designed and completed franchise/SME census collection programs which included gender (Canada, Pakistan, Jordan), and evaluated dozens of SMEs to determine their potential sustainability as franchise businesses (Russia, Ukraine); formulated franchise systems from business ideas and existing SMEs, identifying organizational structures, creating training programs and identifying administrative mechanisms to sustain new franchise businesses (Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia); designed national franchise strategies based on identifiable market opportunities; written business plans for franchise concepts; evaluated businesses as potential franchise systems; designed franchise systems for start-up enterprises and established SMEs; established franchise trade associations and developed their public information programs; implemented franchise marketing programs; created management platforms to support the establishment of franchise businesses in emerging economies with an emphasis on female particpation; trained franchise executives in skills to maintain brand integrity; and evaluated master licensees for acquisition of new concepts; and trained employees in best practices of franchise system management.


Michael Amies is a senior level manager with many years of international development experience. He has managed all major functions in a large international company at Board level, with particular emphasis on international market development and human resource management; developed domestic and international markets for a US franchise company; introduced master franchise license program and successfully created master licensee businesses in eighteen countries, including Russia, China, Hungary, Brazil and Mexico. He successfully designed and carried out consulting and project management assignments for donor organizations in developing countries (including Ghana, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh), using the franchise concept as an economic development tool. He recognized authority on franchising in developing countries and a leading authority on social franchising; experienced trainer, conference organizer and public speaker -at the forefront of developing and implementing strategies that utilize the technology of franchising to deliver effective humanitarian and social aid programs for donor agencies. Mr. Amies is a successful negotiator of led print industry team that determined pay and conditions for over 1 million employees throughout the UK; Introduced process of performance-based qualification for UK print industry trainees, replacing "traditional" apprenticeship within which qualification had been determined by "time-service"; served as Board member of Council of Franchise Suppliers of the International Franchise Association and a regular speaker at their workshops conferences; completed National Service as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force. He has been proved being a successful School Governor and Board member of three Charities, and Chairman of the Pershore Market Town Partnership in UK.

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