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#23: Leisa Perch: From UN career to building her own consulting business in the Caribbean

Updated: Jan 26



Hello and welcome back to the Impact Consulting Podcast, where we have another interview for you today. And what an interview it is. I'm joined by the unsinkable force that is Leisa Perch.


About Leisa

Leisa is the CEO of a woman-led consultancy company based in Barbados, SAEDI Consulting (which is "ideas" backwards!).


Leisa is a gender and environment specialist, with more than 20 years of experience in the development field. Her work as a consultant is global, although her more recent projects focused on the Caribbean. Previous projects include conducting studies on gender in fisheries and developing the Gender Equality Mainstreaming Policy for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).


Leisa regularly carries out research or gender assessments and advises development actors including United Nations (UN) agencies such as UN Women and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She is also the host of the Women’s Leadership in the Environment Webinar series and the host of a new SAEDI podcast.



What we talk about

At the IC-Hub, we talk a lot about how experienced independent social impact professionals can "level-up" their consulting businesses through a range of strategies, such as building a following, getting your voice out there, joining expert committees, and outsourcing work to others. Leisa has done all of this and more!

It was fascinating to hear how she's put into practice a lot of the principles that we preach and also particularly inspiring to hear why and how she left her glittering and prestigious international civil servant life to build a consulting practice on her own terms.


I don't want to delay you listening to this insightful interview any longer, so without further ado, please sit back and enjoy the show. And do leave a review if you're listening to this on Apple Podcasts.


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