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Huang Mingjie

Employer: Guizhou Int’l Cooperative Center  for Environmental Protection

Current Title: Director

Olga Ramaromanana

Name: Olga Ramaromanana

Country: Madagascar

Organization: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Title: Planning Monitoring Evaluation Specialist



I started my professional experiences on 1992 with bilateral then multilateral cooperation, of which more than 21 years in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of development and humanitarian programme, progressively at national, regional and international level. My experience covered various sectors: agribusiness, environment and biodiversity, social sector especially for children and women, including the education, health, protection and emergency sectors. I had an extensive experience in implementing partnership management with the government partners and private sector, with the civil society organizations and with the community-based associations, as well as in coordinating and networking with the multiple countries government authorities, the UN agencies and Donors.

During my experience, I managed the procedures and policies for multiple organizations including the UNICEF, European Union, USAID, GIZ, … I acquired strong skills in the strategic planning, including the development of the monitoring and evaluation plan and its implementation, conducted periodical review and final evaluation of development programmes. My M&E outputs have helped the management to enhance the programme performance, its efficiency and value for money, including the risk management while continuously ensuring the compliance with internal procedures and policies.

In addition, I conducted in collaboration with all stakeholders, as a team leader or a team member, various studies, researches, surveys and evaluation related to development programme, including the rapid assessment of the humanitarian situation. I ensured the quality control of the whole process, the compliance with the evaluation standards and the implementation of the key recommendations from the evaluation.

Philip Kisoyan

 Education background Msc Land Ecology (ITC – University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands).
 Specialisation  Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Invasive species, GEF Project cycle management
Currently Lecturer at the Faculty of Environment and Resource Development, Egerton University, Kenya, NRM Consultant with FAO.
Most significant professional achievements and contributions:   ¨        Development and management of 4 GEF projects¨        Review of natural resource management and biodiversity policies in Eastern Africa under ASARECA.(2010)

¨        Assessment  of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) policies and strategies in Kenya (2007)

¨        Development of training materials for Agro-pastoral Farmer Field Schools (2007)

¨        Founder member University Network for Disaster Risk in East Africa (UNEDRA – 2005, Kampala , Uganda)

¨        Establishment of Mid-Rift tourism forum and resource mobilisation (2004)

¨        Hosting the first national workshop on management of invasive Prosopis species (2003)

¨        Listing of Lake Baringo as a Ramsar site (No.1159 – 2002)

¨        Founder member of the Africa Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE- 1996,Harare, Zimbabwe)

Publications:  ¨        10 publications
Professional associations/societies ¨        Registered EIA Expert (NEMA Kenya)¨        African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE)¨        University Network for Disaster Reduction in Eastern Africa (UNEDRA)

¨        Environmental Leadership Program (University of California, Berkeley)

Asenaca Ravuvu

After 13 years in the Fiji Forestry Department I gained my masters in Env. Mangmt. & Development from ANU; and since then have spent 3 years as Fiji Country Manager with the WorldWide South Pacific Program office followed by 4 years as UNDP Program Officer.  My key areas of interest are environmental education, community development, natural resource use and management, traditional knowledge and their integration in development activities. Being at UNDP has expanded my experience into policy and technical advice and GEF, as well as a growing interest in innovative partnerships, (especially with CSO and the private sector), to overcome barriers such as limited resources, donor conditionalities, bureaucracies, and the challenge of meeting increasing demands in the thematic area of Environment and Energy.

Currently,I look after the Environment & Energy portfolio for the UNDP Fiji Office which serves 10 countries in the Pacific.  This includes policy and technical advice, analysis and formulation of environment projects, advocacy and networking as well as providing training for “clients” where needed.  There are currently 16 ongoing projects in 9 countries and 11 under formulation in all 10.  All projects are GEF funded.  Challenges include internal management ones as well making sense of the widely dispersed activities with an increasingly number of players working in the same region, who do not necessarily speak the same language or have the same goals.  Added to this is the nearly impossible task of ensuring that development interventions benefit those who need assistance the most.

Sobona Mtisi

Sobona Mtisi is a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute, Water Policy Programme, with a background in sociology, demography, and holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Manchester. Sobona has over seven years research experience on water governance and policy processes and their implications on social and economic development in southern Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe. His current research interest focuses on the contributions of water to growth and development in the context of climate change in Africa.  He has keen interest in the role of private sector in development. Currently, Sobona is leading a climate change and development project in Zimbabwe working with government agencies, research and academic institutions, civil society organisation and NGOs.  The project is aimed at developing a National Climate Change and Development Strategy for the country with contributions from a broad spectrum of organisations.

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