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 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.

Availability: Please enquire.

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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Hannah Jaenicke

Hannah JaenickeHannah is specialist in agrobiodiversity and related subjects, spanning agroforestry, horticulture, nutrition and health, plant propagation, product marketing and integrated rural development. She is a dynamic programme manager and team leader with nearly 30 years professional experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. After starting as a plant researcher with a doctorate in tree physiology, she focussed on an international career in international development, concentrating on programme management in increasingly responsible positions, e.g. as Deputy Manager of the DFID Forestry Research Programme and the Director of the International Centre for Underutilized Crops/Crops for the Future. Amongst other project, Hannah currently coordinates the German Horticulture Competence Centre, where she manages several interdisciplinary resarch and development Projects.
Hannah integrates academic and development expertise with a focus on alleviating hunger and poverty and improving livelihoods. She spent 10 years living in Africa and five in Asia, has great interest in the training and mentoring of younger people, and provides strategic leadership to R&D partners. She also has a keen eye for communication of research and development results to enhance impact at several levels and is experienced in proposal writing and evaluation as well as commissioning projects. She was the Chair of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources (2010-2014)  and the Vice-Chair of the Section Tropical and Subtropical Plants (2014-2018) of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences.

Emailhannah.jaenicke @ thenrgroup.net
CVHannah Jaenicke CV

Country Experience:  Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Availability: for short term and/or desk-based missions
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Simon Eden-Green

Simon Eden-GreenSimon has a background in plant pathology and crop protection. He has worked with developing countries for over thirty years and is a recognized authority on plant diseases caused by bacteria and phytoplasmas, and their insect vectors. His experience includes winning, implementing and leading research and development projects (including pests and diseases of coconut, oil palm, clove, banana, maize, and the development of plant protection services); commissioning, monitoring and evaluating research led by others (as manager of a DFID Crop Protection Programme); and institutional development (as head of a UK research department). Whilst advocating strongly for role of research in reducing poverty, Simon also recognizes that knowledge alone will rarely provide a magic bullet. A range of developmental or facilitating processes are usually required to enable research outputs to improve livelihoods and achieve developmental impact. His interests lie in fostering and facilitating this process through promoting better awareness, participation and communication between researchers, policy makers and the constituents they serve.

Emailsimon.eden-green @ thenrgroup.net

CVSimon Eden-Green CV

Country Experience:  Belize, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA

Availability:  Available for short-term assignments.