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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Designing and monitoring change initiatives when tackling complex problems  
When tasked with designing and monitoring change initiatives in complex contexts, we are facing particular challenges that we cannot tackle with conventional approaches.  
Complexity - what's the fuss?  
In our work in international development we face different kinds of problems. Some are relatively easy to solve, and others have proved difficult to tackle. Many problems persist even when we believe we have solved them. Particularly social problems such as poverty,…  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2014  
Mesopartner dedicates this Annual Reflection entirely to complexity thinking and its practical implication for our work on economic development. Eight articles in this publication address this new paradigm and try to explore it further from different angles.  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2016  
We have dedicated our annual flagship publication to a topic that is high on the development agenda and which will increasingly gain more relevance and importance, namely green economic development.  
Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2017  
We deliberate on the significance and relevance of the meso level and meso policy options as a vehicle and lever for stimulating economic activities and strengthening enterprises at the micro level. We particularly focus our considerations on the role and importance of meso…  
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