Aaron Kyle Dennis

Social scientist and development practitioner.

My work focuses on human experiences of development processes. I apply my knowledge to help formulate and refine social policy and to design, implement and evaluate social development initiatives and interventions. I create tools for assessing project compliance with international policy and legal frameworks. I advocate for the observation and advancement of international good practice.

 

 

Consulting Experience

I've enjoyed working as an international 'social development practitioner' for over a decade. Clients and projects that I have served include:

 

Employment History

  • Cross-Cultural Consulting Services (CCCS)
    • Special Advisor: Research and Innovation
      Jan 2015 - present
    • Director, Business Development and Research
      Dec 2005 - Dec 2014
    • Research Consultant
      Jun 2005 - Nov 2005

  • Sopo Experimental International Primary School
    * under the auspices of the Zhenjiang Foreign Affairs Office, Government of China and the Pearl S. Buck Research Center
    • Teacher Ambassador
      Aug 2004 - Jul 2005
  • Conservation Management Institute (CMI)
    * under the auspices of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Archaeological Field Technician
      Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

 

Skills
(by years practiced)

 

Social Development

2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015 
Applied Research '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Social Policy Analysis '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '12 '13
Social Impact Assessment '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Project Design '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Project Budgeting '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Project Implementation '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Geographic Information Systems     '14 '15
Technical Editing '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15

 

Business Administration

2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015 
Executive Communications '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Consultant Recruiting '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Consultant Management '11 '12 '13 '14
Finances and Accounting '11 '12 '13 '14 '15

 

Information Technologies

2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015 
Web Content Development '04 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Web Design '07 '12 '13 '14 '15
Web Administration '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15

 

Education

 Degree   Subject   Dates Attended 
Lunds Universitet   M.Sc. Asian Studies    Aug 2007  -  Dec 2009 
Pacific Lutheran University   BA (Honors)   Anthropology    May 2000  -  Jul 2004 

 

Lund University awarded Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in the discipline of Asian Studies in 2011. The Asian Studies degree is one among several ‘Area Studies’ programmes offered by Lund University. Their emphasis is on cultural, historical, and political awareness of the geographic areas within which one studies and practices. The discipline of area studies also emphasize methodological awareness.

I enrolled at Lund after my first two years with CCCS. I attended the university from Aug 2007 until Dec 2009. During my final semester of study, I was awarded an internship at the Asian Development Bank—a stay they extended by hiring me as a short-term consultant.

As an undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran University from September 2000 to July 2004, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Anthropology. The research emphasis of my senior capstone project was in archeology and included specialized training in ichthyofaunal analysis at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I also minored in the German language after spending my sophomore year at Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

 

Academic and Professional Training

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • Intern (RSES)
      Jan 2009 - Mar 2009
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Beijing
    • Intern (Culture Sector)
      Oct 2005 - Dec 2005
  • Asia Pacific Environmental Exchange (APEX)
    • Intern
      Sep 2003 - May 2004
  • Department of Anthropology, Pacific Lutheran University
    • S. Erving Severtson / Forest Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellow
      Archaeology: Fijian Palaeolithic Ichthyofaunal Analysis
      May 2003 - May 2004

 

Languages

  Reading     Writing     Speaking  
English 5 - native 5 - native 5 - native
German 4 - professional 3 - competent 4 - professional
Swedish 3 - competent 2 - functional 1 - foundational
Chinese (Putonghua) 1 - foundational 1 - foundational 2 - functional
Russian 1 - foundational 1 - foundational 1 - foundational