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Navigating Complexity
Talisman enables programming teams to deliver complex objectives in challenging and uncertain circumstances.
Releasing Potential
Talisman enables programming teams to deliver complex objectives in challenging and uncertain circumstances.

Navigating Complexity

International governance challenges demand programming responses planned and delivered in fluid environments. Risks and opportunities emerge unexpectedly, and stakeholder dynamics can be opaque. In this context, traditional approaches may be insufficient. Talisman helps high-performing project teams navigate complexity, keeping activities aligned with strategic intent. We collaboratively manage points of divergence among stakeholders. Our multi-lingual team supports strategic planning at headquarters level and also delivers at country level where challenges are most real.

Releasing Potential

Even the best programmes can struggle to operationalise learning. Monitoring and Evaluation functions separated from core programming can provide insights on performance but not always pathways to improvement. We challenge this approach: learning should be exciting, dynamic and collaborative, engaging senior stakeholders at the centre of programme direction. It should build towards better delivery of outcomes and increased return on investment. Talisman helps teams to identify challenges, adapt and learn throughout the life of the project.


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Project Design

We help clients develop projects which can make a lasting impact on some of the world's most complex challenges.

Project Adaptation

We ensure projects stay aligned with their strategic purpose as they navigate changes in the world around them.

Analysis and Insight

We provide strategic and 'deep dive' analysis into political economies, institutional dynamics and risk factors critical to project success.

Talisman Group International Development
Talisman Group International Development

Rapid Response

We help clients develop nimble responses to take advantage of fleeting opportunities.

Dynamic Learning

We challenge traditional approaches to continuous improvement, enabling learning which is exciting, dynamic and collaborative.

Project Optimisation

We use real-time evaluation to identify what is working and what isn’t, and we support project staff to make the changes they need.


Talisman’s founders have a combined 45 years’ experience working to effect change in some of the world’s most demanding environments.

Chris O'Connor OBE

Chris O’Connor has worked in a wide range of senior roles in the UK government, including as UK Ambassador to Tunisia, deputy UK Ambassador to Lebanon and leading a specialist UK government team to develop pathways to peace in the Middle East. Chris is passionate about helping high-functioning teams of committed professionals to overcome challenges, think creatively about building on their strengths and get ever better at what they do.

Chris Fisher MBE

Chris Fisher has a wealth of experience at the strategic and operational level within the UK MOD, including as a UK Special Forces commander in Afghanistan and Director of Strategic Leadership at the UK Defence Academy. He has also acted as a senior advisor to the UN’s Ebola Response. Chris is committed to helping align strategic vision and high-performing operational delivery, including in projects that require continuous adaptation to change.


Talisman’s consultants have worked across five continents. Our strongest focus regions are the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


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