Baptiste Gerbier
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Baptiste Gerbier studied Economics in France (CERDI) and in Canada (McGill University). He has been working for 12 years on economic issues in developing countries, especially at macro level (support to Ministries of Economy and Finance and Ministries of Energy). He has a strong experience in :
- public finance management, especially the budget cycle: Programming (needs & targets), Planning (actions), Budgeting (Initial Finance Laws, Medium Term Expenditures Framework.), Monitoring (expenditures execution, Final Finance Laws) and Evaluation (results-oriented indicators, recommendations).
- designing, monitoring and evaluating sector and national development strategies.
- support to statistical system (survey implementation, data review, institutional reforms...).
- donors coordination (thematic groups, political dialogue, budgetary aid...)
- capacity building for institutions (institutional support, development of procedures and procedures manuals) and individuals (teaching, organizing trainings...).

He also works at micro level, through support to social entrepreneurs (creation of sustainable cybercafés, promotion of sustainable construction techniques...).

Since 2014, he mostly works on energy issues, with a focus on energy efficiency (especially in the building sector) and access to energy (especially in rural areas).
Baptiste worked for various donors (EU, UNDP, FAO, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs...) and NGOs (Handicap International and Association la Voûte Nubienne). He worked in Mali (7 years) and in Burundi (2 years) as well as in various other countries for short term assignements (Chile, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Vietnam). He is trilingual (French, English and Spanish).
Fanny Bervoets
United Arab Emirates
Consultant & Trainer - Administrative and Financial Management of Development Program / Internal Control / Risk Mitigation
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Fanny Bervoets has 19 years of relevant work experience in several countries such as Belgium, Angola, Tanzania, DR Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda and the UAE.

She is a Law Graduate and started her career as a lawyer. Since then, she has worked in the private and the public sector at formulating, implementing and managing development projects in normal and emergency contexts.

Her main tasks cover: the internal control systems, the financial and administrative management of projects and programs, including budget monitoring, financial planning, procurement, the setup of adequate organization for centralized and decentralized projects, taking into consideration their specific fiduciary and operational risks, the elaboration of adapted management tools, the coaching and the development of staff competencies through trainings and workshops, the assistance in Audit preparation and follow up, the administrative and financial assessments of projects and the policy formulation.

With that experience, she has the skills to assess the set-up of any development project and propose solution to improve its management system to better achieve its objectives. She can intervene in the formulation, the execution or the evaluation phase of the project to help define or redefine the implementation strategy.   

Recently, she also became a trainer for Humentum, an oganization providing a comprehensive range of services and resources to build confidence, competence and capacity for NGOs.
Patrick Ndikumana
Expert juriste
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Juriste de formation, magistrat burundais avec plus de dix ans d’expérience professionnelle dans le domaine judiciaire, la bonne gouvernance et l’Etat de Droit.
Outre mes fonctions de magistrat au sein des juridictions burundaises, j’ai eu a travaillé dans diverses organisations inter-gouvernementale, non-gouvernementale et le système des Nations Unies (IDLO, RCN Justice& Démocratie, PNUD) pour des programmes et projets axés sur le renforcement de l’Etat de Droit, la chaine pénale et l’appui institutionnel au secteur de la justice dans différents pays d’Afrique (Burundi, Madagascar, Mali).
Toujours dans le même cadre, j’ai eu a effectuer diverses consultances pour des organisations internationales (CTB, Avocats sans frontières Belgique, IDLO) œuvrant dans le secteur de la justice.
J’ai aussi travaillé dans le cadre de l’appui aux processus électoraux dans le cadre d’une mission d’observation et au sein du système des Nations Unies.
Renzo S. Duin
Netherlands The
Interdisciplinary Expert in Tropical Forest Cultures and Landscapes
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Renzo Duin, Dr. (PhD), has been trained at the four-field Anthropology Department of the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Florida (USA), Leiden University (the Netherlands), the University of Oxford (UK), and University College London (UCL). His research in the deep-history of Amazonian landscapes in Guiana (Venezuela east of the Orinoco, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil east of the Rio Negro and north of the Amazon) has been funded in part by Fellowships and Grants from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Duin’s multi-disciplinary (anthropology, ethnography, history, archaeology), multi-scalar (local, regional, global), multi-focal (backdrop, foregrounding), and multi-vocal (humanities, natural sciences, and indigenous knowledge), approach is developing into two interconnected axis of research; one focused on the (dis)continuities and transformation of Guiana identities, and the second focused on the entwinement of Amazonian indigenous peoples and places of rich biodiversity.
In combination with his research work, Renzo was regularly involved in: conceiving, setting up and managing projects; obtaining funding and/or supporting the capacity building of stakeholder organisations. He conducted several consultancies and provided professional services in such areas.
Abdellatif BOUAZZA
Professor of Economics, social development and social policies
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Abdellatif BOUAZZA, est Docteur en sciences économiques et de gestion de l’Université Mohammed V de Rabat où il exerce actuellement comme Professeur d’Economie, de Politiques sociales et du Développement Social. Il a suivi d’autres formations de très haut niveau dans de prestigieuses universités comme M.I.T. ( Boston U.S.A.) et London School of Economics and Political Science.
Pr. Bouazza a occupé entre 2006 et 2016 des postes de haut fonctionnaire de l’Etat marocain respectivement comme Directeur du développement social (2006-2014) et Directeur de l’Agence de Développement Social (ADS).
Ses domaines d’attention comprennent : la réduction de la pauvreté et de l’exclusion sociale ; la conception, la mise en œuvre et le suivi-évaluation des politiques publiques et des stratégies relatives à l’inclusion socio-économique (notamment des jeunes et des femmes) ; l’égalité du genre ; la facilitation de l’entrepreneuriat des jeunes et des femmes ; réformes économiques et sociales au Maroc ; le développement socio-économique territorial ; l’économie sociale et solidaire. Il est aussi membre fondateur du Réseau marocain de l’économie sociale et solidaire et de l’association Ensemble pour Entreprendre.
Reinoud Willemsen
South Africa
Managing Director; Expert Consultant
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Reinoud is the Managing Director of Behold South Africa. As the principal CSR consultant he has focused his interests on the field of (Social) Impact Measurement. In particular, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology has lead him to become a trained specialist who has conducted impact measurements on a variety of different entities.
In 2014 Reinoud went on to establish and be elected as the chairman of Social Value Network South Africa (SVNSA), previously known as SROI Network SA.  SVNSA aims to expand the global use of social impact measurement methodologies in South Africa for both potential clients and practitioners.
Also In 2014, Reinoud started ‘The Experience Factory’ (TEF) to address the pressing and acute social problem of youth unemployment in South Africa.  TEF is a social enterprise, which leverages the experience of professionals against the issue of unemployed graduates in the country.
Reinoud has a Masters’ degree from Rotterdam School of Management and his thesis in Corporate Social Responsibility inspired him to pursue this career path in 2007 when he got the opportunity from a franchising company, called Weleda, to roll out their organic body and skin care products in South Africa. Reinoud has operated within the South African CSR market for the past 8 years, building a vast network and partnering with different entities in the NGO and corporate space.
Reinoud is a true innovator and entrepreneur and believes that businesses have a role to play in the social transformation of the country through social innovation and collective partnerships with communities.
Before moving to South Africa, Reinoud was Head of Operations for the leading brand activation agency in The Netherlands, responsible for the flawless execution of promotional campaigns for clients. During his studies, he was the assistant to his predecessor, and assumed the role upon his graduation.
Valentina Volpe
Associate Professor of Public International Law - Co-Director LL.M. « Human Rights, Security, and Development », FLD - Lille Catholic University / Senior Research Affiliate, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
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Valentina Volpe (Italy) is an associate professor of public international law and the co-director of the LL.M in Human Rights, Security, and Development at the Law School of Lille Catholic University (France). She is also a senior research affiliate and a former senior research fellow (post-doc) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg (Germany).
Valentina has studied law in Italy, France, and the US. She is a former visiting researcher at Yale Law School and holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (currently the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa).
Her research interests cover the fields of comparative and international public law, encompassing disciplines such as global governance, comparative constitutional law, non-state actors, democracy promotion, human rights, and global law.
She is an adjunct faculty at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, and at the University of Los Andes, Bogota'. She has also served as a visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, the UN-mandate University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José (Costa Rica), Lille Catholic University (Paris campus) and the University of Mannheim (Germany).
She is a member of the Law and Society Association (LSA), the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), the Istituto di Ricerche sulla Pubblica Amministrazione (IRPA) in Rome, and the Centre de Recherche sur les Relations entre le Risque et le Droit (C3RD) in Lille.
Prior to her pursuit in academia, Valentina has had the opportunity to work as a project manager for a grassroots NGO active in the areas of international cooperation and human rights protection.
Duncan D'hondt
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Duncan has a background in Marketing and Applied Psychology. Both studies helped him build strong organizational and human skills.
Duncan gained further marketing, operational, account management and project management experience at his IT-start-up, focused on delivering HR-applications.
Subsequently Duncan founded two other social organizations using sport as a tool for education and inclusion.
As a young and eager consultant Duncan puts a large emphasize on self-education and development. That's why he started working as a consultant in change facilitation and diversity management, with a strong interest in ethnicity.
Younnes Ibrahimi
Consultant on diversity, inclusion and communication towards Generation Z
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Younnes is a Belgium based consultant on diversity, inclusion and communication towards Generation Z.
He focusses on strategies related to: communication targeting minority groups and Generation Z youngsters, establishing long-term relationships with minority groups/communities, fostering enhanced diversity in recruiting, implement an inclusive workplace with respect for a diversity of thinking.
Currently Younnes is co-founder and general managing partner at Young Entelechy, a Belgian (Antwerp based) start-up offering diversity consultancy as well as workshops and keynotes on diversity and inclusion.
Selim Mawad
Independent Consultant on Dealing with the Past and Peace Building
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Selim Mawad is an international independent consultant with twenty years of experience in conflict-torn and post conflict countries, both in the Great Lakes and the MENA regions, and which allowed him to accumulate an extensive knowledge in conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating initiatives and programs pertaining to human rights and violence, peace building and conflict resolution and transformation. During his last job (2011-2015), as Head of Mission for Impunity Watch in the MENA and the Great Lakes Region (Burundi – Rwanda – and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and later as an independent consultant, he has contributed to the development of research instruments and methodologies, review of research reports and analysis, drafting and submission of advocacy strategies for policy change and evaluating initiatives and programs related to his field of expertise. Over the last fiteen years, he worked on various issues such as Justice and Gender, Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes Region (Burundi – Rwanda – and the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Victims’s Needs and Expectations, Politicization of Memorialisation Processes, Transitional Justice and Geopolitics in Syria, and International Crimes and Memory in Europe. Moreover, and while working in Burundi, he accompanied the process of drafting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) law by conducting extensive research and organizing and facilitating consultation meetings with national civil society and international actors.
Doctor in socio-economic - Public Health expert
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Airplane Pilot since 1997 (French National Civil Aviation), Anthony Billaud then successively graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) to International School of Social Sciences (ISSS – Finland) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris. Doctor (Ph.D.) in Socio-economic, he has more than 15 years of experience in International development and Cooperation in resource-limited countries, with a specialization in Public Health and Environmental issues.

He has been working both for governmental agencies (WHO, UNICEF, Unitaid, E.U., Ministries, IRD, ACDI, AFD, ADEME, Enabel, LuxDev…) and for non governmental agencies (Médecins Sans Frontières, ALIMA, ACF…) as program manager, director, consultant and international expert. Global performance of Health System (Access, Quality, Efficiency, Equity, Sustainability, lay-expert integration), Social Policy analysis and Environmental measure impact (Carbon foot print, …) are the core of his expertise.

Despite several missions in Canada, Finland and France, Anthony Billaud mainly worked in West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Guinea, Benin, Nigeria), Central Africa (Burundi, Congo, DRC), Southern Africa (Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa), Eastern Africa (Comoros and Ethiopia) and Northern Africa (Tunisia and Morocco).
He is also teaching in several Universities in France, Mali and Senegal, on Public Laws, Health economic and Public health project management. He published several scientific articles and book chapters on his researches.
Pascal Kambu
Consultant en Support Logistique et administratif Intégré, dans la promotion de l’entreprenariat et en collecte et analyse de données.
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Diplômé de l’institut Bioforce ; avec une Expérience professionnelle de 7 ans.
J’ai travaillé pour différentes entreprises privées en Europe et en Afrique, Associations, ONG Locales et Internationales
Au cours de mon expérience, j’ai également assisté des ONG pour leur implantation et le lancement de leurs activités dans de nouveaux pays. J’ai travaillé comme coordinateur de projets dans l’encadrement des coopératives agricoles, et depuis je possède une coopérative agricole.
Avec d’autres Experts et chercheurs, J’ai participé récemment comme chercheur dans une étude sur l’Analyse de l’économie politique pour OXFAM.
Je suis aussi à l’aise dans la formation des formateurs sur des thématiques variés, notamment avec la Croix rouge de Strasbourg, et de Kinshasa.
Théophile Bigirimana
Physician - HIV and healthcare management specialist
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Théophile Bigirimana is a registered physician with specialization in Healthcare Management and HIV/AIDS. With more than 10 years in the operational management of programs at community, non-governmental organizations and institutional levels, he participated in the strengthening of health services and systems in Burundi and Guinea. Over the past 5 years, he has developed expertise in the fields of health services management and quality assurance. He supported the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of capacity building and performance-based financing programs in the health sector.
Christophe Van der Beken
Associate Professor
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Christophe Van der Beken obtained a PhD degree in law from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2006. His PhD thesis focused on decentralization and ethnic diversity in Africa with a case study of Ethiopia. He has been working as an Academic Assistant and Postdoctoral Academic Assistant at the Ghent University Faculty of Law (2000-2010) and as an Associate Professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service University (2010-2017) and Addis Ababa University (from 2017 onwards). His areas of expertise and research interests include, but are not limited to, comparative constitutional law, federalism, minority rights, local government and good governance. He has an extensive teaching experience, educating and advising students on topics related to his areas of expertise. In this regard, he has also acted as promoter and examiner of various PhD theses, in Ethiopia and abroad. He has furthermore been a reviewer of manuscripts for reputable academic journals and publishing houses. He has authored, and edited various books and articles, several of which have been published in international peer reviewed journals. He has organised and provided several research seminars and short-term academic trainings and has initiated and managed a number of projects (including “Staff Capacity Building for Mekelle University, Faculty of Law,” funded by EU; and “cooperation in research and teaching between the Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies (Ethiopian Civil Service University) and the Ghent University Human Rights Centre,” funded by Flemish development cooperation).

Over the past twenty years, Christophe has furthermore advised various international and national organisations and institutions (such as Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian Government, World Bank, DFID, EU and many other diplomatic and development actors) on political, legal and institutional matters in Ethiopia. His twenty years’ professional engagement with Ethiopia and the Horn as an educator, researcher and consultant has provided him with the knowledge, skills and attitude to provide high quality, research based and contextualized services such as trainings, policy advice, research papers, and briefings.
Zakayo Wandoloh
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Zakayo Wandoloh is a Belgian based Diversity & Inclusion consultant. Consulting private corporations and companies on implementing strategies that leverage the potential of a diverse workforce. These include HR & recruitment processes, inclusion strategies, ... He is also a founder of two social organisations, in Belgium and Kenya, that utilise sports as a tool for the empowerment of at-risk target groups.

His educational background is in Social Re-adaptation Sciences (Bachelor) and International Sports Management (MBA).

He has 10 years of hands-on experience in youth policies & ethnic minority inclusion policies having worked for Formaat, one of the 3 largest youth federations in Belgium. Among others, he consulted local governments on the implementation of effective youth and integration of ethnic minority policies. Further, he coordinated or has been involved in several EU projects.

In all, co-creation (mapping of and involving all/key stakeholders) is the thread throughout his handlings.