In-house Experts

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Alexandre Daoust

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Alexandre (BA in Economics and Politics; MA in International Economic Development) is a specialist accredited by the Canadian Evaluation Society in monitoring and evaluation and results-based management. His main areas of specialization are socioeconomic development and governance. In particular, he has experience in supporting projects in the private sector (strengthening value chains) and providing assistance to businesses and technical assistance related to local commercial development. Alexandre has also conducted many mandates in education, child protection, and the environment. He has solid team leader experience in project, program, and institutional evaluations and has held senior positions in assignments related to M&E system development and strategic planning. One of Alexandre’s major strengths is expertise in managing and analyzing quantitative data. He has led many field missions in Central Africa, East and Western Africa, and Central and South America. Before joining Baastel, Alexandre worked as a project manager in export-based economic development projects. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. He has worked with, among others, Global Affairs Canada, the US Department of State, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, the Centre of International Commerce, CNUCED, UNDP, UNICEF, the European Commission, Oxfam-Québec, the IDB, and the OAS.

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Curline Beckford

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Curline (BSc in International Relations; MSc in International Business) has many years of substantial experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems at sectoral and national levels. She particularly enjoys developing results-based monitoring and evaluation tools, specifically logic models and performance measurement frameworks. She is skilled in monitoring and reporting on national strategic plans, including medium term planning frameworks, and conducting program and project evaluations in a variety of sectors (education, environment, health, and social protection). With extensive knowledge of strategic planning and project cycle management, she has provided support for the development and implementation of Jamaica’s long term national strategic plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. Over the last decade, Curline has provided quality services for the World Bank, IDB, Global Affairs Canada (formerly CIDA/DFATD), UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and UN Women in research and analysis, data collection and analysis for social safety net and public expenditure reviews, evaluations, program analysis, UNDAF preparation, and proposal writing. She has experience working in the Caribbean region and at a distance in Jordan, Mauritius, and Swaziland. Curline is fluent in English and has a basic level proficiency in French.

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Jon Garcia

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Jon (BSc in Economics; MA in International Development; MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation) specializes in environment and climate change in developing countries. He has 15 years of experience in project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. Jon has coordinated international teams and projects relating to environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation, including low-carbon and resilient cities, regional and rural development, agriculture and livestock, sustainable land management and forest activities, and disaster risk management. He has worked with multilateral and bilateral donor organizations such as UNDP, UN Environment, FAO, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank, among others, as well as with national and local governments and consultancy firms in various projects funded by IDB, the European Commission, AFD, DFID, and more. He has experience with the GEF, the Adaptation Fund, and the GCF. His work has covered Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Jon is fluent in Spanish and English and has an advanced level of French.

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Lucile De Boisson

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Lucile (Master’s 2 in International Relations – Project Management, Cooperation, and Development, Sciences Po Lyon, France) joined Baastel in 2014. Her expertise lies in the development and monitoring and evaluation of environmental projects in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change, and sustainable management of natural resources. Lucile provides a range of services to many organizations – UN agencies, (including FAO, UNDP, UNEP), multilateral donors (GEF, GCF, AF, etc.), bilateral donors (AFD, FFEM, etc.), NGOs (IUCN and others) – and has worked in many developing countries, notably in Africa. Before joining Baastel, Lucile worked in the field of sustainable agriculture, and then in the freshwater ecosystems conservation for the WWF. Lucile is also an eco-consultant and has been involved in developing and implementing Baastel’s Green Plan. She speaks fluent French and English and has a good grasp of Spanish.

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Margarita Gonzales

Consultant – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Environment

Margarita (BA in International Development Studies; MPA) has worked with Baastel since 2012, initially as a project officer, and subsequently as an evaluator and environment specialist. She has a certificate in Programme Evaluation and has been involved in many evaluations conducted by Baastel for UNDP, IFC, the French GEF (FFEM), the Green Climate Fund, and more, most of them focused on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and finance in an international development context. Margarita also provides environmental expertise to Canadian and international organizations (IDRC, FAO, UN Environment) on a broad range of environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and natural resources management. Among other services, she supports the design of environment projects and environmental management plans, conducts technical studies, and provides assistance for capacity development. As a project officer, she managed a large number of projects for organizations such the WBG, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, Global Affairs Canada, and more. Prior to joining Baastel, she was involved with children’s issues and with social enterprise. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and English.

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Melissa MacLean

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation, Research, and Gender

Melissa (BA in Philosophy and English; MA and PhD in Political Science – Development) has over two decades of experience in the international development field. A gender equality specialist with experience in many sectors and regions, she has carried out evaluations, program reviews, and research; provided research design and support services; led workshops and training in M&E and results-based management; developed M&E frameworks and related tools; conducted policy analysis and led research-to-policy processes; and provided a wide range of program support, including developing toolkits and other resources in areas such as gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, local governance, and monitoring and evaluation. A skilled writer, communicator, and facilitator, Melissa enjoys working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and developing and applying participatory approaches. Her clients have included UN organizations, governments, international and intergovernmental institutions, and Canadian and international NGOs. Prior to her consulting career, Melissa held professional positions in development NGOs, universities, and research organizations, and freelanced as an editor and translator. She has lived, worked, and travelled in many parts of the world, including many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

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Sarah Lebel

Consultant – Environment

Sarah (BEng, MSc in Bioresource Engineering – McGill; PhD in Climate Change Adaptation – Leeds) is a climate change adaptation and resilience specialist with a multidisciplinary background. She most recently worked for the Secretariat of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP-GEF, UN Environment), where she managed the climate change adaptation portfolio. Her provided operational and strategic advice to the GEF, with a focus on project design and evidence-based decision-making. As such, she has first-hand experience with Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), GEF strategies and policies, project design, logical frameworks and theory of change, knowledge management, and M&E and learning, among others. She has additional expertise in the areas of climate finance, rural development, sustainable land management, conservation agriculture, food security, climate change mitigation, international waters, and biodiversity conservation. She also has extensive experience with international agricultural research, having worked at CGIAR centers in Peru and India, as well as with several national-level agricultural research organization across Africa. Sarah speaks French and English fluently and has knowledge of Spanish.

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Marion Douchin

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation and Environment

Marion (a graduate in Environmental Engineering and Management and in International Relations with a specialization in Cooperation and Development) has been working in the field of international cooperation and development aid since the end of her studies. Her expertise focuses on the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, as well as the development of strategies and action plans, in the fields of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and sustainable management of natural resources. Marion has collaborated with various international institutions (UNEP, UNDP), environmental organizations and funds (IUCN, The MedFund) and bilateral (AFD, FFEM) and multilateral donors (Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility). Prior to joining Baastel in 2019, Marion held various positions in AFD's operations department, both at headquarters and in the network (notably in Mexico), in the sectors of sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and climate. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

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Alecia Bennett-Bryan

Consultant - Results - Based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation

Alecia (BSc Sociology; MSc Social Policy) is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and a certified Project Management Specialist. She has over ten (10) years of experience and expertise in the areas of Results-based Management (RBM), Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Applied Research. She has provided programme monitoring, evaluation and learning support to development partners including the World Bank, UNDP, IOM and CDB for donor funded programmes and projects in the areas of justice sector reform, public safety, migration and development, integrated community development; climate change and disaster risk reduction. She has co-authored a number of instrumental publications in the areas of sustainable development, justice sector reform and international migration and development

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Sara Trab Nielsen

Consultant - Environment

Sara (BA in International Service; Master’s in Global Environmental Policy) is an energy and climate change specialist with more than a decade of experience working with sustainable policy, strategy and programming, project development, and monitoring & evaluation. Sara comes with a background that both involves mitigation and adaptation to climate change and have experience designing results-based financing (RBF)/Payment for Results (PFR) and public-private partnerships (PPP) as well as detailed theories of change and M&E frameworks. She has worked on energy access in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Zambia, strategic planning for climate funding in Vietnam, the Philippines, and the Caribbean, and climate change adaptation in The Gambia and Belize. Prior to joining Baastel, Sara spent several years at The World Bank as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and have during the past decade gained experience collaborating with several multilateral and bilateral development partners including the Green Climate Fund (GCF), UNDP and UN Environment, the World Food Program, SIDA, SNV Netherlands, and GIZ. She is skilled in direct client interaction and has led several country visits cooperating directly with government officials and in-country private sector players, civil society as well as local community groups. Sara speaks fluent English and Danish.

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Giovanna Montagner

Consultant - Monitoring, Evaluation and Environment

Giovanna (BA in International Affairs; MA in Urban Studies; IPDET alumni) joined Baastel in 2021. She has worked as an evaluator and researcher since 2009, with a focus on complex interventions, qualitative methods and theory of change approaches. She has led and participated in projects related with environmental and social sustainability -including climate change adaptation and mitigation, agricultural value chains, environmental regulation and urban management- mainly in Mexico and Latin America. Prior to joining Baastel, she worked as an evaluator and knowledge manager at CLEAR LAC, and as an evaluation manager at the Mexican Ministry of the Environment, where she helped develop a monitoring and evaluation system for Mexican climate policy. Giovanna is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, and has an intermediate level of French.

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Naomi Harris

Consultant - Results-based Management, Disaster Risk Management

Naomi (MSc. Rural Planning and Development and International Development; BA [H] International Relations and Development with a minor in Spanish) joined Baastel in 2021, supporting the Result-based Management (RBM) team and the Disaster Risk Management team. Before joining Baastel, Naomi worked with international institutions (United Nations International Organization for Migration), Non-governmental Organizations (Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada, the Association of Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Engaging Organizations of Alberta, Youth Challenge International) working in international cooperation, focusing on RBM and M&E in the areas of food security, cooperatives, climate change adaptation, migration, and alternative livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and North America. Naomi is fluent in English and has advanced knowledge of French and Spanish.

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Arnelle Blain

Consultant - Monitoring and Evaluation

Arnelle (Bachelor’s in Economics; Master’s in project Economic Analysis) joined Baastel in 2018 and has solid experience in international project management, specifically in monitoring and evaluation and project management and coordination. Her areas of expertise are education, vocational training, gender equality and women’s empowerment, socio economic development including poverty reduction, trade, private sector development and value chains reinforcement. She has extensive experience in developing results-based management tools, and, monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks and tools, as well as collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data. She contributed to various evaluation assignments for several development organizations such as Global Affairs Canada, AFD, UNCTAD, IFC, AfDB, OIF, FCM, ITC. Prior to joining Baastel, Arnelle has coordinated private sector development programme and value chains reinforcement project respectively for the World Bank Group (WBG) and the United Development Program (UNDP). She also has a good knowledge of the UN system. With experience working in Latin America, North America, Europe, the Caribbean, she is fluent in French, English, Creole and has intermediate level of Spanish.

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Noemie Watanabe

Consultant – Climate change and economics

Noémie (Master 1 in International Expertise at Sciences Po Aix, France - Master 2 Crises and development actions at the Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France) joined Baastel in 2021, supporting the Environment team. Her areas of specialization are international cooperation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable urban development. She has developed expertise in programming, monitoring and evaluation of development projects related to urban resilience, climate finance, sustainable resource management and biodiversity conservation. She has collaborated with international organizations (UN ESCAP, UN-Habitat, UNDP, UN Women, the Asian Development Bank) and has contributed to projects funded by the European Commission, particularly in relation to environmental migration. Before joining Baastel, Noémie worked at the French Embassy in Japan for international cooperation, in an environmental NGO in Japan in the energy transition sector, then at UN ESCAP in Bangkok for sustainable urban development in Asia-Pacific. Being passionate about innovative low-carbon solutions, she also has experience in the sector of social entrepreneurship in France, she has worked in collaboration with emerging economic actors of ethical fashion, circular economy and sustainable agriculture. She is fluent in French, English, and Japanese and Spanish at an advanced level.

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Pieter Dirckx

Consultant - Environment

Pieter (MA in Law and economics and MA in European Law) joined the environment division of Baastel in 2021. He worked previously as an intern in the European Parliament, in the parliamentary committees of agriculture and environment, and as a researcher at Milieu Consulting. Pieter is fluent in Dutch and English and has an advanced level of French.

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Manon Bastin-Héline

Consultant - Environment

Holding an engineering degree in Biological Engineering and a master's degree specializing in strategy and negotiation for the management of ecosystems in international environment (AgroParisTech), Manon is a junior consultant in the Environment division since April 2021. After three years as a study engineer in a pharmaceutical group, she chose to orient her professional choices towards environmental management, adaptations to climate change and biodiversity conservation. She is fluent in French and English and has good knowledge of Spanish.

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Michelle Stitz

Consultant - Environment

Michelle (BA in Political Science from the University of Hamburg and MA in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris) joined the Environment Unit at Baastel as a Consultant in 2021. Of German origin, she has lived and worked in the United States, Kenya, Burkina Faso and France. Specialized in agriculture, biodiversity, project design and management, she has more than two years of experience in international organizations (UN Habitat, Global Green Growth Institute, MindLeaps), and at 427 (Moody's affiliate), where she developed a methodology to measure the dependencies and impacts of companies on ecosystem services and biodiversity. She is also involved in youth involvement in environmental public policies at the European level as Biodiversity Coordinator at Generation Climate Europe. In this capacity, she leads several teams and organizes events with European and international institutions (Commission, European Parliament, FAO). She is fluent in German, English and French, and has an advanced level of Spanish.