Mike Holland

Mike-HollandMike has over 30 years experience of long-term assignments and short missions on: project identification and design; and financial, personnel and technical management of large development projects and government departments. He is very much the generalist, with rural development expertise encompassing: social and technical aspects of soil and water conservation; environmental assessment; land-use and natural resource planning; farmer support services; smallholder crop and livestock production; livelihood systems; indigenous peoples’ development; small-scale irrigation; forestry and sawmill management. He is fluent in the Mauritian Creole language and has excellent Spanish


Emailmike.holland @ thenrgroup.net 

CV:  Holland EU CV

Country Experience:  Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Saint Helena, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, UK

Paul Symonds

Paul Symonds - agriculture, conservation/natural resource management, livestock and rural development

Paul Symonds is a development specialist, primarily in the agriculture, conservation and natural resource management, livestock and rural development sectors. He has worked in a variety of cultures, climates and ecologies on a wide range of successful projects with progressively greater responsibility. For the last 28 years this has mainly been in Africa, helping people and communities improve livelihoods and manage natural resources. Projects and programmes have focused on full participatory analysis of the problems and challenges and developed solutions based on a multilevel response; from the provision of resources and training at the community level to local and regional infrastructure development and local and national policy and legislative review. In all programmes the traditional authority structure has been respected and the wishes of the client state or line ministry have been central. Most recently, he has contributed to the development of the EC resumption of aid to Sudan.

Emailpaul.symonds @ thenrgroup.net

CVPaul Symonds CV

Country Experience:  Cameroon, Ghana, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

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David Silverside

David Silverside - Senior Meat Technologist

David is a Senior Meat Technologist with over 30 years experience in the development of meat industries in less developed countries. He has experience of undertaking development projects while working alone or in multi-disciplinary teams on both long and short term assignments in UK and overseas. His key skills include: Feasibility studies, project identification, implementation, management and appraisal of the meat production industry in less developed countries; Advice on abattoir and other meat infrastructure design, rehabilitation and management, meat production and marketing, carcase classification and quality control; Training overseas personnel and drafting technical and consultative documents. He has experience in approx 50 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and SE Asia.

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CVDavid Silverside CV

Country Experience:  Antigua, Dominica, Bangladesh, Botswana,, British Virgin Islands, Burundi , Cameroon, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana , Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis , St Vincent, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Wyn Richards

Wyn Richards -Livestock Systems

With a farming background, Wyn‘s approach to international development has a practical bias. He is a livestock systems specialist; he spent half of his 40 years in development in academia and research in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK. The other half has been spent in research management, largely for FAO, FAO/IAEA, DFID and the Wellcome Trust. He is currently an independent consultant, working under the tradename of Livestock Development Practice. He specialises in: i) communications – training/transforming ‘shelf-based’ information on agricultural/livestock technologies/practices/processes into potential innovation of relevance to smallholders and their associated value chains; and ii) providing added value on technical and procedures issues for project proposals in the agricultural research for development field. He convenes an annual meeting of the inter agency donor group (IADG) on livestock production and animal health research for development to promote greater global collaboration and coordination.

Emailwyn.richards @ thenrgroup.net

CVWyn Richards – CV

Country Experience:  Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba; South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia; Ukraine, Belarus, Russian Federation, Albania; Jordan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka

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Carol Kerven

Carol Kerven - Development socio-economist

Carol is a social anthropologist by training and a development socio-economist in practice. She has sought to straddle the line between field research on agricultural systems, and engaging in development implementation projects, in the conviction that development work should be better informed by scientific research. Carol began her career working for 6 years in Botswana, doing field work and then on a national survey of human migration and running a research network.  She became interested in extensive livestock systems in semi-arid regions and carried out field research on pastoralist household economies in western Sudan and in Somalia, interspersed with consultancies for USAID, World Bank, IFAD, EC, DANIDA, NORAD, OXFAM.  She then worked for 3 years on a farming systems research programme in Zambia, followed by research on pastoralism at Overseas Development Institute, London, in Mongolia and Namibia. In the mid 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Carol obtained grants for inter-disciplinary research on the impact of decollectivisation on pastoralists, livestock and rangelands in Central Asia.  For the past 15 years she has gained funding to work with Central Asian, European and American researchers and development specialists on the pastoralist systems of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and western China. Grants have been obtained from Aga Khan Foundation, UNDP, USAID, and DFID. In the past ten years, she has carried out consultancies on livestock-related issues in Africa and Asia for FAO, IFAD, EC, IUCN, IIED, USAID and Save the Children USA. Carol edited the journal Nomadic Peoples for 4 years and in 2009 started a new peer-reviewed journal Pastoralism- research, policy and practice, open access published online by Springer.

Emailcarol.kerven @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Carol Kerven CV

Country Experience:  Afghanistan, Botswana, Britain, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mongolia, Namibia, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda,  Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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