Main fields of expertise

  • Continuous exploration and learning in teams and organisations
  • Adaptive decision-making under conditions of uncertainty
  • Monitoring and evaluation of systemic change initiatives
  • Narrative and participatory sensemaking
  • Market Systems Development
  • Knowledge network and community of practice facilitation

Working experience

Since 2015: Partner of Mesopartner
2014-2017: Lead, monitoring, impact evaluation and evidence, the BEAM Exchange
2011-present: Member of the backstopping team for the employment and income network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
2011-2015: Independent consultant in market systems development and systemic approaches
2009-2011: Programme officer at Intercooperation (now HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation), Bangladesh

Marcus has a background in environmental sciences. He is Swiss and has been working in international development for ten years. He started his own consultancy in 2011. He joined Mesopartner as an associate in 2012 and became a partner in 2015. Marcus’ work has had a particular focus on market systems approaches for economic development.

It is Marcus’ goal to bring systemic approaches to international development. He wants to contribute to the development of healthy systems, where poverty reduction is part of the economy and society.

Marcus is supporting various programs and projects during design, inception and implementation. In addition, he has been building knowledge in complex systems theory and other scientific fields through various trainings and research engagements. Based on that, has been actively engaged in conceptual work around systemic approaches to economic development, improving the way projects are designed, delivered, monitored and evaluated. He has significantly shaped Mesopartner’s Systemic Insight approach.

Marcus’s key competences:

Systemic, interdisciplinary development: Ten years of experience in interdisciplinary, systemic development. Ability to conceptualize, implement, monitor, and evaluate systemic development programs in complex contexts at the interplay of the social, economic, and environmental spheres. Strong focus on achieving and assessing systemic change.

Market and enterprise development approaches: Systemic Insight, Innovation Systems, Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), Value Chain Development (VCD), Local/Territorial Economic Development (LED/TED). 

Narrative approaches to monitoring and research: Application of narrative research projects using Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker® approach in various contexts. In particular, use of narrative research and SenseMaker® to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

Personal background

Born 1980. Diploma (MSc) in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, 2007.

Marcus currently lives in Gateshead, UK.

Marcus regularly blogs on jenal.org

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Resilience in economies  
What do we mean by resilience? Folke defines resilience as follows (Folke, 2016): Resilience is having the capacity to persist in the face of change, to continue to develop with ever-changing environments.  
How to introduce LED as an approach to economic change in a country  
Since it was established in 2003, Mesopartner has been involved in work related to Local Economic Development (LED).  
The emergence of a meso space – Country Case Myanmar  
As is typical for a country such as Myanmar, which only started a transformation process in 2012 after decades of isolation, business opportunities are abundant.  
Meso organisations need to be innovative and anticipate future trends  
Meso organisations need to be innovative because their management style and creative use of resources infuses the system with dynamism, optimism and new ideas.  
The role of the meso level in enabling economic evolution  
In 2016 Mesopartner was commissioned by the BEAM Exchange to conduct research into what systemic change is and how it can be achieved in an economy.  
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