Director, Public Finance Management
Parag Shiswawala’s job as a Director of the Public Finance Management unit at Cardno is a role with a difference.
“I’m helping governments and international development agencies to strengthen their financial and procurement management capacity - which ultimately improves the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world,” he says.
As a leader of Cardno’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) portfolio of fiscal and procurement agent services for almost 10 years, Parag is engaging with the US foreign aid agency to fight global poverty in new and innovative ways.
Most recently, he’s been an integral part of the team behind the delivery of a wide range of financial management services for the MCC-funded Benin Power Compact, which will help provide up to two-thirds of the West-African nation’s poorest people with electricity.
Promoting renewable energy and increasing private sector participation will help support a financially viable power sector that meets the current and future needs of Benin households and businesses—and ultimately, help fight poverty across the country.
“The Compact is the MCC’s largest investment in power generation, solar power and off-grid electrification,” said Parag.
“It plays a critical role in the US Government’s initiative to double the African continent’s access to electricity. We’re performing all financial tasks, from budgeting and controls to disbursement, accounting and reporting compliance. It’s a huge project which will have a transformational effect on these people’s lives.”
Parag has also provided a range of fiscal agent services for Compact implementation in Ghana, Georgia, Indonesia, Mali, Malawi, and Moldova.
A Chartered Accountant as well as Cost Accountant with a Bachelor’s in Commerce from the University of Mumbai in India, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Manchester, UK.
“It’s important to keep learning,” says Parag.
Based in Washington DC, he loves coming to work every day because of “the people and environment, the trust, respect and confidence.”
Cardno has been a proud partner to the Millennium Challenge Corporation MCC since its inception in 2004. For more information, click here.
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