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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Alice Gaillard

Consultant – Environment

Alice (Master’s in European Studies; Master’s in Political Science) has worked in the international cooperation and development aid sector since the completion of her studies. Alice’s work at Baastel focuses on the design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in sustainable agriculture and biodiversity management, climate change adaptation, landscape restoration, and integrated water resources management for various bilateral and international environmental organizations and donors, such as UN Environment, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Global Environment Facility. She also develops technical proposal methodologies. Through her previous work for private international development consulting firms, where she was in charge of market research and assembling technical and financial bids, Alice gained solid knowledge of tendering procedures and familiarity with international donors such as Europeaid, GIZ, KfW, AFD, ADB, World Bank, and others. Alice was also the Project Manager for the implementation of several conservation projects in biodiversity, climate change adaptation, natural disaster management, and early warning systems in Africa and Latin America. She further developed her environment expertise by carrying out consultations in the context of pre-feasibility studies related to climate change adaptation and early warning systems in Burundi and Zambia. She is fluent in French and English.

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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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David Librado

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

David (MSc in Anthropology and Development Management, London School of Economics) is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results-based management (RBM) consultant. He brings diverse experience bridging research and management best practices to design and shape effective and impactful policies, strategies, and initiatives for sustainable development. He specializes in research and analysis, with a demonstrated ability to use RBM to design M&E systems, frameworks, and tools as well as to monitor and evaluate development initiatives. David has worked closely with NGOs, government, research institutions, and UN agencies (including UNDESA, UNITAR, UNICEF, and UNDP). He has extensive experience working in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru, in particular with indigenous communities and high-risk youth. He speaks English and Spanish.

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Élodie C. Roy

Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation

Élodie (BA in International Studies and Modern Languages; Master's in Project Management) is a project cycle management (PCM) and results-based management (RBM) specialist. She works on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mandates in the field of socioeconomic development as well as contributing her skills and knowledge to Baastel’s RBM training team. Known for her solid research and analysis skills, she has provided high-level analysis and recommendations for the programs and projects of a variety of bilateral and regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions. She also has experience in RBM and M&E capacity building, as well as development of RBM-based monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tools and systems for projects, programs, and institutions. She is an effective communicator, tested in demanding intercultural and cross-sectoral work environments. Since joining Baastel in 2012, she has worked on numerous M&E mandates in governance, social entrepreneurship, intercultural dialogue, private sector development, sustainable development, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, disaster risk management, and more. Specialized primarily in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa, Élodie has also worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Elodie speaks French, English, and Spanish, and has knowledge of Arabic.

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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 – M&E, 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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Nicolas Drunet

Consultant - Environment

Nicolas (Diploma in Engineering in International Agro-Economics; Master’s in Livestock Production in Tropical Countries) is an expert in natural resources management and biodiversity. He has spent many years working in wildlife management, particularly in the Central African Republic, where he conducted wildlife inventory in Central African hunting zones. He also worked in Namibia for the Ministry of the Environment on a project to protect community protected areas. In 2007 he joined the FEM Unit of UNDP for the West and Central Africa Office, based in Dakar. From 2010 to 2012, he worked for ENDA Third World, where he piloted a climate change knowledge management program. He left Africa to join “Expertise France,” where he managed the Climate Change Unit until 2017. He joined Baastel in 2018. He speaks French, English, and Portuguese

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Nathan Debaets

Consultant – Environment

Nathan has 12 years of experience as a specialist in climate change mitigation and adaptation, both in Canada and internationally. He advises private companies and Canadian and foreign governments in the management of greenhouse gases. He has been involved in multiple inventory, carbon footprint, and low-emission development strategies. He participated in the cap-and-trade system in place in Quebec (SPEDE) and supported companies subject to these regulations. He has also worked as an expert with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Government of Canada, several indigenous nations, and the United Nations Environment Agency. He has been responsible for deforestation avoidance projects (including in Nicaragua) and has advised several forest groups in Canada to contribute to the fight against climate change. He is an agricultural engineer from the École Polytechnique in Ghent, Belgium, with a specialization in tropical and subtropical agriculture. He also holds a Master of Science in Agroforestry and a D.E.S.S. (Specialized Graduate Diploma) in Integrated Rural Development from Laval University, Canada. He holds a certificate from the Canadian Forest Service to master the Canadian Forest Sector Carbon Balance Model (CFMB-SFC3).

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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.