Jo Zaremba is a consultant combining technical expertise, critical and systems thinking with collaborative and participatory approaches in complex humanitarian, development and environmental contexts. Jo has held a range of technical, advisory and managerial roles with NGOs, the UN and with the Private Sector leading the development of markets based approaches to Livelihoods programming. She has been working with BRAC USA since January 2018 on Graduation.
Jo’s career began working in the Private Sector managing international software development programmes. Transferring her skills to environmental and development NGO’s in the 1990’s she worked with major international NGO’s such as CARE, ActionAid, Earthwatch and Oxfam developing and implementing multi-stakeholder partnerships addressing environmental, development, humanitarian and sustainability strategies. She has been based in Indonesia, Kenya and in Oxford and has worked across Asia and Africa. In 2014 Jo set up as a consultant and has had a range of contracts providing advisory, facilitation, training and mentoring, research, analysis, programme development and review services relating to livelihoods, markets based approaches, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Jo likes to combine her academic achievements – two masters degrees (Development and Environmental Policy and Politics & Sociology) – with practical approaches. She is a qualified yoga instructor, and an outdoor enthusiast who has travelled independently on two wheels in Asia, Africa and Europe, teaching yoga in local communities and spreading ideas of ‘environmental sustainability’. She has also been a trustee with Natura International, led fundraising and awareness campaigns for Faraja (a Kenyan cancer charity) and has volunteered with a range of environmental conservation organisations.