Jim Williams

Jim Williams - Development Specialist

Jim Williams has 40 years’ experience working with people and institutions in developing countries, seeking to improve decision-making through better understanding and use of environmental knowledge. He has worked within a diverse range of development sectors, often addressing complex boundary issues linked by weather and climate sensitivities. With broad practical experience in development, Jim is equally at home on land – soil, plant water needs, agricultural management, vegetation status, fire, erosion, land use change – water – rainfall, evapo-transpiration, runoff and river flow, groundwater – and air -weather and climate, disaster early warning, remote sensing of environmental change. More recently, he has been engaged as consultant for a number of international organisations to assist with design of regional programmes for funding agreement and development of institutional strategies in the context of climate change. He has experience of working with many different clients and donors under a variety of situations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, and has managed research programmes and learnt French and a little Arabic, en route.

Emailjim.williams @ thenrgroup.net

CVJim Williams CV

Country Experience:  Algeria, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania , The Gambia, Tunisia, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen Arab Republic, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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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

CVJonathan Coulter -CV

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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Lynne Barratt

Lynne Barratt - Environmental Management

Lynne is an environmental specialist with over 25 years experience of working in tropical environments throughout the world and specialising in marine projects in the Middle East. Projects have ranged from environmental impacts of coastal developments, public awareness projects, education projects and tourism master planning. She has also been involved in a number of projects in the Caribbean, South East Asia, South Asia and Africa, mostly associated with marine environmental management and planning. Since becoming independent she has focussed on the provision of short-term services to a variety of clients both in the private and government sectors. Although still specialising in marine issues, she has also been involved in more terrestrial projects including a number related to the tourism industry. She has worked fairly extensively for DFID in Africa looking at change management in the government sector using the provision of environmental services as an issues-based project to promote transparency and accountability in government. She is currently working on four projects in Bahrain, all concerned with environmental assessment, development of environmental management plans and the identification of compensation packages associated with major dredging and reclamation projects. She is also using environmental sustainability concepts to inform the master plan designs. She is also a project monitor and evaluator for the EU LIFE Environment and Nature Programmes.

Email:  lynne.barratt @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Lynne Barratt – CV

Country ExperienceAnguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Montenegro, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, St Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UK, Yemen.

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