Toby Arul-Pragasam – Deputy Director Services
Toby Arul-Pragasam is Integrity’s Deputy Director Services based in London. He brings twelve years’ experience working in international development, including the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects across multiple sectors, including governance, civil society, health, education and economic development.
Toby has worked extensively on assignments in fragile states, including Myanmar, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He has worked alongside international and national partners including funding agencies, recipient governments, private sector organisations, and civil society. Currently, Toby’s main project commitment is as the Engagement Director for the UK Prosperity Fund’s Evaluation and Learning Team, where he oversees complex stakeholder engagement and communications as part of a utilisation-focused evaluation approach. Previously, Toby has played Director roles across a number of projects, including designing the South Sudan Civil Society Fund and delivering a DFID-funded education sector research assignment in Tanzania. Prior to joining Integrity, Toby managed a flagship health financing programme in Zimbabwe, aimed at improving maternal and child health, where he was responsible for overall contract and project delivery. This included recruitment and management of a 60+ person team and disbursement of funds to 900+ health facilities across 42 districts. In 2014, Toby was also a key member of a team undertaking a governance review of a US$180m livelihoods and food security multi-donor trust fund in Myanmar. Other experiences include undertaking a review of the structure and functions of Government of Punjab, Pakistan, developing a risk management strategy for DFID’s global £50m Civil Society Challenge Fund, and supporting PFM reforms in Zimbabwe.
Toby offers a practical, collaborative and well-informed approach to working in challenging contexts, including financial, risk, quality and client management. He holds a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds, an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from SOAS.