Name: Alan Mattern
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Mr. Mattern is a development communication and public outreach expert with many years of international Team Leader and project management experience. He has an excellent record of working in developing, post-conflict and transitional countries on multi-cultural, multi-skilled teams on a wide variety of communication projects, with a strong emphasis on public awareness campaigns. Mr. Mattern has provided consulting services to a broad range of clients, including the EC, USAID, World Bank and IADB in strategic communication planning, capacity building, media assessment, public relations, survey research, event planning, production design, message development and business operation. Mr. Mattern has designed and managed numerous public information, awareness and consensus building campaigns in Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Balkans, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East. Working with various governments, the private sector, business and civic organisations, NGOs and other advocacy groups, he has overseen the conception and implementation of national and international communication strategies. He has been highly successful in building strategic alliances and developing local staff capacity. His event management skills are excellent, as are his knowledge of production of and messaging for educational and promotional materials, media relations, governments, donors and the private sector in many regions of the world. Public sector reform communications work is a major part of Mr. Mattern’s portfolio. He has carried out projects in Armenia, Kenya, Kosovo, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Zambia to build public support for privatisation issues and attract investment. He has experience in three Balkan nations and Armenia in building private sector cluster competitiveness, including attracting and vetting potential investors and/or JV partners. Most of this extensive project experience is as either Chief of Party or Team Leader on projects involving investment promotion, privatisation, economic reform, tax/fiscal reform, public utility restructuring and PPPs, which demonstrates his wide-ranging adaptability and expertise. While economic reform and private sector development have been his main areas of focus in recent years, his near-term objective is to return to more humanitarian-based work in global health or environmental communications and marketing programs, rural poverty alleviation, human trafficking, children’s rights or post-disaster relief assistance, particularly in Southeast Asia or southern Africa.