Stéphane Flasse

Initially trained in agronomy and remote sensing, I acquired over 30 years experience in the interpretation and use of environmental information (inc. remote sensing and GIS) and its integration into the local context for improving decision-making.

Since 2009, I have also been training in a number of complementary approaches such as Organisational Counselling, Organisation Alignment and Life Alignment, therefore focusing on the “well being” of teams and their work.

Today I thrive and focus on facilitating the life journey of people, teams and organisations: from facilitating challenging meetings and round tables, to deep work on the whole organisation, as well as activities such as team building, coaching and conflict resolution (mediation).

Emailstephane.flasse @ thenrgroup.net

CV:      FLASSE CV – ENGLISH              FLASSE CV – FRANCAIS

Country Experience:  Europe, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guyana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand

Hugh Gibbon

A Natural Resource Management Specialist and project manager with over 30 years international experience in natural resource and collaborative community projects. He has focused on: agri-business, organisational change, partnership development and evaluations. Hugh demonstrates individual initiative, sensitive negotiation skills, leadership, excellent communication and international languages. He is a specialist in PA methods including: participatory monitoring and evaluation, community empowerment and participatory planning (PRA), community-based natural resource management, agri-business, team building and training. He designs and is experienced in senior level multi media presentations and electronic material preparation. Currently based in Kenya.


EmailHugh.Gibbon@theNRgroup.net 

CVGibbon CV

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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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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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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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Ian Grant

Ian Grant - EcotoxicologistAn ecotoxicologist with 35 years (27 of those in developing countries) of environmental impact/ecosystem assessments of pesticides and other organic pollutants (PAHs and other petroleoum hydrocarbons) in soil and aquatic ecosystems. Skilled in the design and validation of ecological monitoring/ surveillance programmes, and in reviewing and amending intervention procedures/ programmes to minimise the hazards and risks to wildlife and ecosystems, particularly those involving area-wide control of pests and vectors of disease. Interested in the relationships between agricultural development and environmental impact, decision making and policy. Extensive field, project and research management experience. Consulting and advisory roles undertaken for government, development banks, donors and the private sector. Programme and project review, including environmental screening.

Emailian.grant @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Ian Grant – Resume    Ian Grant – Publications

Country Experience:  Botswana, Brazil, Cameroun, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nicaragua, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Singapore, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, 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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