Catherine Mackenzie

Catherine is a multi-disciplinary development specialist, with degrees in social anthropology, forestry and zoology. She has 35 years’ experience in rural development and natural resources management, particularly the social dimensions of forestry, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The “development industry” threatens to turn Catherine into a grumpy old woman.  She has an aversion to quick fixes and box-tickers, and a specialty in telling people, especially managers, things they don’t want to hear.   But she remains highly committed to objectives of sustainable development and still seeks to inform and inspire her analysis through evidence from real field work, esp talking to people.  Her talents are best used in participatory and innovative planning and problem solving.  Some people do like working with her!

She is currently involved in the EU’s Value Chain Analysis for Development https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d. (VCA4D) study of palm oil in Indonesia.  As the sociologist on the team, she is responsible for examining issues of social sustainability (labour, land, gender, food and nutrition, living conditions and social capital), as well as contributing to stakeholder, governance and inclusivity analyses.  The study, which also examines economic and environmental sustainability,  aims to help create a shared understanding between the EU and Indonesia on critical palm oil issues.

Prior to this, Catherine was involved on a part-time basis on two long-term German-funded (KfW) conservation projects in Indonesia:  Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Protection in the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem (Aceh, Sumatra) and Forest Programme III in Lore Lindu National Park (Central Sulawesi).  These assignments made her grumpy and ended in flames.

Other recent work has increasingly focused on climate change, including an analysis of the Theory of Change for REDD+ and Norway’s ICFI programme , the “real-time” evaluation of Norway’s ICFI country programme in Indonesia for Norad,  a review of  Social Standards and Safeguards for REDD+ http://www.fcmcglobal.org/documents/Safeguards_Paper.pdf for USAID, preparation of Vietnam’s REDD-Readiness PIN, planning for social dimensions of pioneering REDD+ projects, and backstopping CARE’s community-based adaptation programme in Mozambique.

Her participatory forest management inventory and planning work in Sierra Leone has resulted in the first two forest co-management agreements in that country. She has been involved in biodiversity conservation and protected areas management work for many years and in many countries: Ghana (bushmeat), Mongolia, Tibet, Guyana, Indonesia, Bolivia, Brazil, Tanzania, the Galapagos and the Caribbean. Her work on forest governance and illegal logging in Mozambique is well-known as the first study to document the role of the Chinese in exploiting Africa’s hardwoods.  She has worked on  FLEGT preparation projects for the EU in Indonesia (2003), and in Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa (2012).

In these assignments she applies core competencies in social/poverty/ policy/institutional analysis, conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, research and teaching. She has experience in all phases of the project management cycle (identification, preparation, appraisal, management, technical advice, monitoring, and evaluation), working with World Bank, ADB, FAO, GEF, EU, DFID, Norad, USAID, DGIS, IUCN, WWF, FFI, SNV, CARE and others. An enthusiastic team worker and effective communicator, she has been team leader on several long-term participatory forestry projects and research projects.  She is a skier and scuba-diver, plays tennis, rides motorcycles and bicycles, got her PPL, and speaks very good Indonesian and Portuguese and functional French and Spanish.

Email:  Cathy.Mackenzie@theNRgroup.net

CVMackenzie EU CV 2019 Mackenzie ADB CV Feb 17

Country Experience:   Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibetan Areas of Qinghai and Sichuan, Guizhou, Hainan, Shanghai), Vietnam, Cambodia,  Indonesia (including Sulawesi, Sumatera, Kalimantan (E,W, S), Moluccas, W Papua), Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India (including Sikkim, Kerala, Karnataka), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador (incl.Galapagos),  Guyana, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominican Republic, Haiti.

Availability Catherine is currently UK-based and available for both short and long-term assignments.  

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John Ryder

Ryder_smallA senior manager with over 30 years experience in food safety and post harvest fisheries & aquaculture. Work experience in fisheries and aquaculture in over 40 developed, developing and transition countries with a resulting ability to work with persons from a wide variety of cultures. Designated European Commission food safety expert. Expert in post harvest fisheries and aquaculture. Senior project and programme manager in international fisheries development in bilateral and multilateral organizations. Over twenty five years experience in scientific research and development, training and policy development for the fish industry and governments around the world. Familiar with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the implemantation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Strategic thinking capacity with strong analytical competency and ability to process large amounts of information for strategic and policy purposes. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.


Emailjohn.ryder @ thenrgroup.net 

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Country Experience:  Albania, Antarctica, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA.

Trevor Abell

Natural Resource PlannerTrevor Abell has 35 years of professional experience in tropical forest management and natural resource planning with 17 years long-term duty within Africa – particularly, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Ghana and further long-term assignments in Indonesia and Nepal in addition to a series of short term studies in other countries. He has acquired substantial expertise in institutional support, team leadership, project management and project preparation as well as the technical aspects of forest inventory, forest planning and the management of natural forest and plantations.

Emailtrevor.abell @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Abell_CV_English

Country Experience:  Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia

Availability:  NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTANCY

Nick Willoughby

Nick Willoughby - Fisheries

Nick is a senior manager of projects relating to the sustainability of aquatic resources, the environment and biodiversity. He has had over 40 years of experience working for a wide range of international donors in the planning, management and field operations of projects in tropical and temperate waters and wetlands. He has extensive experience of leading and co-ordinating international and national teams of development professionals, and in producing high quality reports on time. He has been particularly successful in recent years in turning around major projects at risk of failure under earlier management. He has undertaken long term residential work in Indonesia, Fiji, Malawi and Nigeria, and has worked for shorter periods in approximately 25 other countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Europe. His career has been initially as an independent consultant; then as the Fisheries and Coastal Zones Projects Manager for the Natural Resources Institute UK; and latterly as an independent consultant again.

Email nick.willoughby @ thenrgroup.net
CV:   Nick Willoughby CV Nick Willoughby CV -EU
Country Experience:  Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, South Pacific, Tanzania, Thailand, Tobago, Uganda, Zambia.
Availability: Short term activities overseas or in UK

Ian Watson

Ian Watson - Fisheries and Aquaculture Development

Ian Watson has over 30 years experience, overseas and UK, in aquaculture and fisheries development in both small and large-scale developments. He has been involved in the delivery of support services to aquaculture and fisheries: food safety (RSPH Level 3 HACCP), business training, marketing, product development, handling and distribution. He has provided support to institutional strengthening and policy development for government, mainly to Competent Authorities with a focus on fishery product food safety and the application of EU regulations for Third Countries, including dealing with EU IUU requirements. He also has extensive experience of the ornamental fish trade, focusing mainly on the role of ornamental fish collection in supporting livelihoods and ecolabelling of ornamental aquatics. Ian has experience of project identification, development and management, including post-project evaluation. He is involved in a range of research, currently centred on the ornamental fish trade but has previously worked on institutional development for research institutes and on molecular biological techniques for the detection of fish-borne trematodes.

Email:  ian.watson @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Watson CV 2018

Country Experience:  Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Philippines, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK, Vietnam, W. Samoa, Zimbabwe

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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.

Emaildavid.silverside @ thenrgroup.net

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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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Paul Schoen

Paul Schoen

Paul Schoen is seasoned agricultural economist with over 29 years of international experience in development projects.  After undertaking three university degrees (Hull University, London School of Economics (MSc International Relations, Law and Politics) and Wye College (MSc in Agricultural Economics), UK) he undertook various long and short term assignments in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, and other parts of Asia (South, South East, and Far East), all regions of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and CIS States. He is experienced in monitoring and evaluation (including mid-term, terminal and ex-post evaluations), economic and financial analysis, project identification, project-preparation, and appraisal and cost-benefit analysis. Evaluations have also utilized tools such as multiplier effects (employment generation and gross margin analysis across sectors analysed) and value chain analysis. He conducts studies as well as business planning and SME support.  He has worked mainly on agricultural development programmes and projects including design of sector support initiatives and strategies for agrarian change such as trade, finance and investment options.  In addition, he provides independent project monitoring and evaluation services to a wide range of organisations including development agencies, NGOs, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and charities. He has also lead a team on developing a portfolio to access climate change funds available worldwide for Nigerian agricultural development. Most of his missions have  been undertaken for UNDP (he worked initially as a Junior Professional Officer when he first started in 1992), EC, FAO, DFID, LuxDev, IFAD, SNV, USAID and USDA, World Bank and numerous private sector corporations and foundations including Agha Khan and ACDI VOCA.

In recent years he has been asked to work on regional SME development (such as for SADC which covered 16 member states), value chain development and strategy formulation.

Other recent work has been supporting the complete overhaul of the Novi Sad Commodity Exchange (NSCOMEX – formerly Produktna Berza)) in Serbia where he is leading a small team of technology, trading and legal specialists) for GIZ and the Government of Serbia (Ministry ion Agriculture). He has also worked in Saudi Arabia in 2018 and 2019 on aquaculture Red Sea development and a global strategy formulation for the National Date Palm Centre.

Emailpaul.schoen @ thenrgroup.net; paul_schoen@yahoo.com 

CV: http://Paul Schoen CV (June 2020) (y).docx

Country Experience: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, PNG, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudia Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, the Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.

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Mark Ritchie

Mark Ritchie - Natural Resources Development Specialist

Mark has been involved in agricultural development worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia for over 30 years. In the last 15 years he has undertaken diverse consulting assignments in environmental impact assessment and in project evaluation for DFID, JICA, the EC, ADB, and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a growing emphasis on developing resilience in the face of Climate Change. During 2011 he has been involved in an ex-post environmental impact assessment of the Malawi Government’s flagship agricultural programme, the Farm Input Subsidy Programme. In 2010 he collaborated with members of the Tropical Agriculture Association and the UK No-Till Alliance to prepare an Open Letter to the British Government, recommending a greater focus of attention and resources on Zero-Tillage. During 2009-2011 he worked with the HALO Trust to assist them in promoting linkages between mine clearance and development and enhancing understanding within the sector of the controversial concept of land release and the appropriate evaluation of mine clearance outputs and outcomes (see report). He has worked as an agricultural adviser with the Ministry of Agriculture for UNDP in East Timor (2004-5), led a locust management project for the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan (2001-2003) and a farming systems development project for DFID in Malawi (1996-2000). Mark has considerable experience in the management of interdisciplinary international project teams; participatory formulation and management of NR development projects with stakeholders; participatory development of on-farm crop and pest management technologies; institutional capacity building; design, organization and delivery of practical training courses; evaluation of development projects and project cycle management.

Emailmark.ritchie @ thenrgroup.net

CVMark Ritchie CV

Country Experience:  Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (PRC), Colombia, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia

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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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Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan Coulter - Agricultural value chains, Marketing systems.

Has assisted over thirty developing countries in the development of agricultural value chains, making findings more widely available through public presentations and publications. Has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa (anglo- franco- and luso-phone), Latin America and southern Asia, for clients including the World Bank group, EU, DFID, UNCTAD, FAO, CFC, USAID, AFD, Swiss and Dutch Cooperation, FINNIDA, TechnoServe, CARE and various consulting companies. Has advised on policies and tested approaches through practical initiatives to improve the performance of marketing systems. His main areas of expertise are: policies and practicalities of developing agricultural commodity markets in southern countries; the organisation of warehouse receipt systems and inventory credit; farmer access to input supplies, financial services and markets, through cooperation and/or contract farming; the economics of post-harvest handling, and; new product development. Has contributed various policy and practitioner forums on managing food price stability in low income countries (for World Bank/DFID, in 2005, and Agence Française de Développement, 2009); on enhancing procurement of food aid commodities (WFP Rome, May 2007); on farmer cooperation in marketing (keynote speaker at IFPRI/CIAT workshop, Oct 2006); on agricultural trade finance (UNCTAD, FAO and House of Commons International Development Committee, various events since 1992); the Commission for Africa, and; the FAO Expert Consultation on Commodity Chain Models and the Role of Small Farmers in Staple Crop Value Chains (Nov 2011). His educational background covers economics, business management and marketing, and he is experienced in the preparation, financial and economic appraisal, management and evaluation of projects. Speaks Spanish (bilingual), French (fluent) and Portuguese (‘good enough to speak in public’).

Emailjonathan.coulter @ thenrgroup.net

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Country Experience:  Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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