I started Emerging Development Solutions to advance community development with professionals that appreciate the importance of “citizenship” for themselves, our clients and the communities we help. We share the core values of:

Authenticity – We are driven to advance equitable development. We don’t fake it because we know what’s at stake, limited resources to invest in development. We learn from our mistakes and we recognize nobody knows all the answers. That’s why diversity of perspectives is so important.

Competency – We are driven by a pursuit of excellence and mastery of skills. We value professionals that have invested in themselves so they can help others better. We appreciate hard work and merit and we pursue what is grounded in evidence over popularity.

Curiosity – We are driven by questions and our pursuit of understanding. We are reflective practitioners who appreciate that learning is a lifelong journey in a world that is always changing. Within this, we value communication and are willing to do whatever it takes to help our partners understand, even using puppets (and humor) if we need.

We are entrepreneurs, researchers, doers, communicators, designers, change makers, creative problem solvers. We are development professionals.

Partner with us.

Brian English


Brian English is an international development consultant, author and professional urban planner. He works at the intersections of sustainability, technology and economics to create enduring development in communities.

For the past 15 years, Brian has managed inter-disciplinary teams on urban development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Brian has consulted on a broad range of development projects spanning special economic zones, innovations clusters, and city master plans, and corporate citizenship strategies. From 2009-2011, Brian was Country Director for Global Communities in India and directed a $6 million program called SCALE-UP funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce urban poverty. After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Brian managed community revitalization programs in the Eastern Caribbean for the United States Agency for International Development.

Brian’s work has been featured in New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Harvard Business Review. Brian was an Aspen Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival and presented at a TEDx on Forces of Change in June, 2012. In 2014, Brian was selected as a Resident Fellow by Rockefeller Foundation at their Bellagio Center in Italy. Brian is also a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research.