Cristina Bortes

Director, PwC

Cristina Bortes leads the economic development consultancy work at PwC that includes inclusive business and women economic empowerment projects with donors and multinational companies in UK, Asia and Africa. Most of those projects are in the agricultural sector and include some technology enabled element.

She has led global programmes for clients such as IFC, DFID, FCO, EBRD, World Bank, etc. covering over 50 countries and £300m in programming, including most recently as Programme Director of the £40m DFID Business Innovation Facility (BIF) and the £10m Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW).

On BIF, Cristina and her team are working with various multinational companies and local companies in Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Myanmar and Pakistan to develop projects that generate commercial value whilst also improving the lives of the poor in developing countries. Most of these projects are in the agriculture sector ranging from aquaculture and maize in Nigeria to rice and pigeon peas in Malawi. Other projects include supporting companies on piloting innovative business models such as improving the livelihoods of low-income fishing families in Kenya by providing a cold chain powered by Internet of Things technology and supporting a consortium of major corporates, banks and start-ups that is testing whether blockchain and other technologies can help unlock financial incentives that reward sustainability in supply chains.

She started her career as a Corporate Finance executive in London and moved into Management Consulting in 2000.

Regional and country expertise: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Moldova, Romania, UK.