Affiliate Experts


Melinda MacDonald, PhD

Senior Baastel Associate

Melinda (PhD in Human Rights Education and Peace Building) has worked extensively as an international development consultant and has broad experience in monitoring & evaluation and gender equality. Melinda has worked on more than 20 gender-responsive evaluation assignments focused on capacity development, policy development, organizational change, human rights, and conflict management for clients including Global Affairs Canada, AusAID, USAID, Asia-Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development, and UN Women, in addition to numerous local and international CSOs. Melinda has 17 years of experience working with diverse stakeholders in 50+ developing countries. Throughout her career, Melinda has designed, planned, and/or implemented projects and programs, particularly in the field of gender equality. Her combined expertise as an evaluator and gender expert has allowed her to contribute to evaluations in a wide range of areas, including poverty reduction.


Michael Miner

Senior Consultant Associate

Michael (BA in Applied Social Sciences; MA in International and Community Development) has 35-years of international development experience in 118 countries worldwide, delivering evaluations and managing projects for bilateral, multilateral, country and NGO donors. Michael has led 36 international development evaluations and has been a team member on 41 other evaluations. He has delivered services in multiple sectors including governance, human rights, rule of law, trade, and gender equality. He is skilled in capacity building, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, cross-cultural conflict negotiation, project design, monitoring, formative/summative/mid-term evaluation and performance measurement. Michael has worked with 17 multilateral agencies including the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization; with 16 bilateral donors; and more than 100 INGOs, CSOs, private sector and academic organizations. He speaks English and some Indonesian.


Philippe Bâcle

Senior Associate Consultant

Philippe (BA; MSc in Project Management; International Development Diploma) founded Baastel in 1989, has served as the company’s President and Vice President, and oversaw the socioeconomic division for 30 years. His steadfast attention to quality and his meticulous analysis have gained him respect and recognition from clients and colleagues. With a wealth of over thirty years of experience in Canada and numerous countries in Africa and Latin America, Philippe has earned a reputation as a leader in performance evaluation and stakeholder commitment. He regularly works closely with international donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the World Food Programme, and the Caribbean Development Bank, as well as with national governments, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and is a Credentialed Evaluator of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES).


Claudio Volonte

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Claudio joined the Baastel affiliate expert team in 2017. He brings to Baastel more than 20 years of experience in international development working for the World Bank Group (IBRD/IEG/IFC), Global Environment Facility, and the Organization of American States. He has designed, managed, monitored, and evaluated projects, programs, policies, and institutions with public and private sector clients and in diverse sectors of development (infrastructure, environment, climate change, natural resources). Claudio started his career as a scientist and expert, assessing and developing actions to adapt to climate change impacts in particular on coastal areas and small island states. He is originally from Uruguay and has worked around the world.


Ron Santos

Consultant - Monitoring and Evaluation

Ron (MA Sociology and Demography) has expertise in designing national and local monitoring and evaluation (M&E) information systems for challenging situations, such as humanitarian assistance operations or in fragile and post-conflict states. He has carried out work in knowledge management and performance measurement for humanitarian assistance organizations. He has designed and implemented performance measurement systems for World Food Programme (WFP), UN Women, UNFPA, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), CARE Canada; World Vision, and Forum of Federations. His operational and research interest is in incorporating the latest techniques in data and spatial analysis to monitor in near-real time, program implementation at the national and sub-national levels.