GOPA US appoints Patrick Fine as new chair of the board

Patrick Fine, the newly appointed chair of the board of directors at GOPA US.

European consultancy group GOPA Consulting has appointed a new chair of its recently established US arm.

GOPA US, the recently established US subsidiary of GOPA Consulting Group, has appointed Patrick Fine as the chair of its board of directors.

Fine brings extensive experience in international development, particularly in the areas of global health, education and humanitarian response. He has served in senior positions in both the public and non-profit sectors, including as the CEO of FHI 360, a leading global development non-profit, and as the vice-president for compact operations at the Millennium Development Corporation.

He has also served in senior positions within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), including as the senior deputy assistant administrator in the Africa bureau and mission director in Afghanistan.

“Patrick’s deep international development experience and demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of people around the world aligns seamlessly with GOPA’s mission to achieving sustainable development results,” said Aleta Williams, managing director of GOPA Group US. “His strategic thinking and deep understanding of complex development issues will be instrumental as GOPA US expands its work in the US market and impact across the globe,” Williams said.

Currently a senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Sustainable Development, Fine is a frequent speaker and writer on international and human development. He brings a unique blend of public, private and non-profit sector experience, with a deep understanding of challenges and opportunities.

His tenure in the career foreign service at USAID, coupled with his hands-on approach to development, reflects his belief that proximity to the issues and people is crucial for comprehending the context and nature of challenges to be addressed.

Commenting on his appointment, Fine said: “I am thrilled that GOPA Group is joining the US international development community. As one of Europe’s most accomplished private development organisations, GOPA’s expertise, experience and global network bring a different and valuable perspective. I look forward to supporting GOPA US’s strategic direction and helping to advance its commitment to making a positive impact on communities worldwide.”

Fine joins GOPA US board members, Martin Güldner, GOPA US board secretary and CEO and managing director of GOPA Consulting Group and Meghan O’Brien, director of engagement and culture on the people team at S&P Global.