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Claire Sibthorpe
Director and Senior Consultant


Claire founded Maple Consulting Services and has over 15 years of experience in developing, managing and implementing projects and programmes. She specializes in large scale project management, social policy, service delivery and community development with a focus on information and communication technology (ICT) for development and capacity building initiatives.


She has a strong track record managing multi-faceted programmes and is experienced in strategy development and implementation, change management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational development. Her experience ranges from driving forward change in government to supporting multi-stakeholder networks and research.


Prior to establishing MCS, Claire was a senior consultant in the Public Sector practice at Atos KMPG Consulting and managed the Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA) programme. Previously, she worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Johannesburg on initiatives aimed at empowering sub-Saharan African communities to apply ICTs to their own social and economic development. She initially worked in Vietnam and India.

Murali Shanmugavelan
Director and Senior Consultant


Murali joined Maple Consulting Services in October 2010. He has 15 years of expertise in the strategic use of media, information and communication and its impact on people, especially in developing societies. He specialises in the use and application of ICT to create an inclusive information society. Previously he worked on projects focused on engaging and partnering with the media on development issues.


Murali has a strong research background and focuses on assessing and evaluating communication processes – including technologies – and their impact on everyday life. This has included developing methods to improve the understanding of the linkages between communications and different sectors such as health.


Prior to joining MCS, Murali was Head of the Information Society programme at Panos London for seven years. Previously he was a team member of Honda Informatics Centre at M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation where he coordinated the Media Resource Centre and provided communication support to their successful telecentre project.


He is currently focused on understanding and developing mobile phone based opportunities that will help people make critical life-changing decisions, support participation in decision-making and hold their local authorities to account.