View from the top: Q&A with Simon Trace

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jan 8 2013, 06:36:44

The chief executive of Practical Action talks about his career and what it takes to lead a global charity that uses technology to challenge poverty

How long have you worked in development and how did it lead to what you do now?

I've worked in development since I left university in 1982. I worked for VSO for a couple of years before moving to WaterAid. I'm a chartered engineer by training and my career's always had engineering and technology running through it. I also did a masters in anthropology and development at Soas [the School of Oriental and African Studies], which gave me much more insight into social issues. I wanted to try and balance that with my technology side.

What does your day-to-day activity at PA involve?

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