The SIYB team

Organizational description | 01 October 2016

Nadja Nutz
, Global SIYB Coordinator

Nadja is the Global Coordinator for the ILO’s “Start and Improve your Business (SIYB)” entrepreneurship training programme since June 2016. She has joined the ILO in September 2014 as Associate Expert working on Value Chain Development (VCD). Prior to joining the ILO, Nadja worked as technical advisor for the German Development Agency GIZ in a programme to promote SMEs in Algeria, and as policy analyst for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), focusing on SME promotion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Nadja holds a B.A. in Applied African Studies from Bayreuth University in Germany, and a M.A. in Economics in International Development from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt. She speaks fluently English, French and German.

Pranati Mehtha
, Junior Technical Officer
Pranati joined the ILO in 2013 and is currently working as Junior Technical Officer in the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is currently working on the ILO’s business management training programme called ‘Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB)’ – one of the largest global programmes on entrepreneurship skills development for promoting small and medium enterprise development. Her publications include training manuals and handbooks in the field of small enterprises development. Pranati fluently speaks English and Hindi and has working knowledge of French.

María Piedad Bayter Horta, Junior Technical Officer
María joined the ILO in October 2016 in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Unit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an MBA in SME Development from the University of Leipzig in Germany. Previously, María worked for the Colombian Government where she acquired experience in the design of public policies related to business development for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with focus on the formal economy, entrepreneurship, and solidarity-based economy sector. Additionally, her research experience in economic and social statistics comes from her work in the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Research Center from her university in Colombia. María speaks Spanish and English, and has a basic knowledge of German.

Other team members working on SIYB-related topics:
Merten Sievers, Fredy Guayacán, and Jon Bird