Since joining Aid to Artisans in 2007 and Creative Learning in 2012, Maud Obe has more than ten years of experience in managing economic empowerment and development projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, particularly in the artisan sector funded by USAID, World Bank, US State Department, local governments, and foundations. Maud has developed and implemented projects around the world that have strengthened artisan businesses and linked artisans to markets across the world. She is responsible for overall project implementation, consultant supervision, organization of activities, compliance with funder requirements, budget reporting, and monitoring and evaluation. She is an expert in organizing artisan capacity building workshops, one-on-one coaching, tradeshow preparation, export readiness training, and marketing events targeted for expats and tourism.
Moreover, Maud has over 7 years experience in organizing participation at several large tradeshows in the US including NY NOW and the Las Vegas Market for home décor, accessories, gifts and hand made products in the US. She coordinates the representation of artisans entrepreneurs to these shows and linkage with US buyers. She is currently charged with the overall supervision of ATA’s signature training program, the Market Readiness Program TM, its e-training platform called Aid to Artisans U and has overall responsibility for the newly designed program called TEAM (Training for Entrepreneurs in Artisan Markets) at the Las Vegas Market. All these programs are designed to help anyone in the artisan sector prepared successful entry into the US retail market.
Born in France, Maud holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Social Change and a Bachelor in Government and International Relations from Clark University, Worcester, MA. She is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.