Yvonne Byrne

Government and Social Sector Lead

KPMG East Africa

Yvonne has almost twenty years’ experience in management, half of which were in senior positions within management consultancies, international and local NGOs, almost ten of which have been in Africa passionately striving to achieve sustainable impact with respect to enterprise and employment creation for youth and women. Yvonne has taken on management responsibilities beyond programme cycle management to oversee programmes and strategy and had multiple successes including securing and establishing a holistic GBP 7.7 million Youth Development Programme funded by DFID.


Before joining KPMG, Yvonne worked with a range clients including DFID, EC, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, EIB, Comic Relief and private donors in Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho. She was the Deputy Country Director in VSO Uganda, in charge of the northern field office overseeing a portfolio of over GBP 10 million. There she grew their programme income substantially, enabling them to support tens of thousands of youth and women.
Yvonne combines her passion, development skills with a strong analytical and financial management background to the management of IDAS’s Governance and Social Sector portfolio, while advocating for the pivotal role women play in the scale of impact in programmes and on society as a whole.

  • Customer Revenue Growth
  • Debt management
  • East Africa
  • Financial Management
  • High Growth Markets
  • International Markets
  • Middle Market
  • National Markets
  • Small Enterprises
  • West Africa
  • M.Sc., Development Management, Open University

  • Postgraduate Certificate, Conflict and Development, Open University

  • BA, Economics (Hons), Economics and Government, University of Manchester

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales FCA Accountancy 1998 – 2001

  • Current: Governance and Social Sectors pillar, KPMG IDAS Africa practice

  • Fund Manager, Global Resilience Partnership

  • Deputy Country Director, VSO Uganda

  • Assistant Director, CBO, Kampala Uganda

  • M&E Advisor, Vocational Training Institute, Gulu, Uganda