OUR TEAM

Andrew Britton

Managing Director

Andrew is Kumi’s founder and leads the delivery of all of Kumi’s consulting assignments.

Growing up in Uganda and Kenya gave Andrew a passion for the environment and community development from an early age. Prior to founding Kumi in 2015, Andrew spent 13 years working for a number of sustainability and international development consulting firms. This included eight years in the sustainability practice of EY where he honed his skills with clients such as BP, BG Group, British American Tobacco, Shell and Vodafone.

Andrew has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and across many industry sectors, helping clients to develop and implement sustainability strategies, manage risks, improve their performance and report to their stakeholders. He has particular expertise in the natural resource and agricultural industries, sectors in which his work has shaped government policies and industry frameworks.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking, cycling, and photography. However, as a father of three young children he doesn’t have any free time, so his indulgence of these pursuits is often restricted to daydreams.  


Martin Christie

Senior Advisor

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Martin has nearly 30 years’ experience in the energy and extractive industries and, as a Senior Advisor at Kumi, brings strategic insights and deep industry expertise to our work for clients.

Martin has global corporate responsibility and external affairs experience at both corporate and operational level - from policy development to project implementation. He has been involved in oil, gas, mining and renewables projects and businesses in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Most recently, he was the first Executive Director of the global supply chain initiative, Bettercoal. Martin was responsible for establishing Bettercoal as a non-profit company; leading the development of a new mining standard, the Bettercoal Code, and Audit Toolkit; and engaging with new members and external stakeholders globally.

Martin has been the head of Communication and Sustainability for BP Biofuels, the Vice President Corporate Responbility for Katanga Mining, and the Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs for BHP Billiton Petroleum. Between 1992 and 2001 he held several senior external affairs roles within Shell. 

With two grown-up sons entering the medical profession Martin is now finding more time to pursue his interests - cycling, hiking, gardening and watching sport.


Laura Cramphorn

Senior Consultant

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Laura is a Senior Consultant at Kumi. She has a wealth of experience operating on the ground in Africa, working with local communities and businesses and implementing international standards for extractives projects, often in challenging contexts.

Laura started her career at African Minerals in Sierra Leone, where she was the Sustainable Development Manager. Laura worked for the company from mine construction through to operations and was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainable development strategy.

She then joined Tullow Oil in Kenya, where she was the Local Content Supervisor based at the company’s operations in Turkana, northern Kenya. In this role she worked with local suppliers and contractors to build the company’s local sourcing programme.Prior to joining Kumi, Laura was at S&P Global where she focused on the firm’s mining policy project work, including working with the European Commission to develop a sustainable mineral supply strategy for the EU. Laura has a master’s degree in Development from the London School of Economics.

Outside of Kumi, Laura enjoys all things outdoors. However, she is currently spending every spare second and penny planning her wedding.


Vittoria Franchini

Senior Consultant

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Vittoria is a Senior Consultant at Kumi. Prior to joining Kumi, Vittoria worked for the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s independent accountability mechanism. She carried out appraisals and audits of the environmental and social compliance of investments consistent with IFC’s Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards. Her experience includes conducting reviews and on-the-ground investigations of IFC’s environmental and social performance in Latin America and Africa, particularly in the mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

More recently, Vittoria was part of a core team leading the roll out of a new disaster risk reduction global program as part of the World Bank’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management practice.

An Italian and British national, Vittoria holds a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Outside of work, Vittoria likes to stay active by hiking, running and practicing yoga. But there is nothing she enjoys more than traveling and experiencing different cuisines from around the globe.


aSSOCIATE CONSULTANTS

At Kumi we build bespoke consulting teams to meet the specific needs of our clients and the geographies in which a project is being undertaken. We build project teams that combine both international consultants with extensive technical expertise and industry experience, with national consultants who truly understand the local context of a project.

Our consultant network includes people who were formerly senior managers and directors in multinational companies and others who were senior officials in African regulatory authorities. Many of our consultants are established social or environmental consulting specialists in their home country. Others bring international consulting experience from global professional service firms or established international technical specialist firms. Some come from an NGO, aid agency or academic research background.

We are always interested in hearing from outstanding independent social or environmental consultants, particularly those based in African countries. If that is you and you would like to be part of Kumi’s mission, please get in touch