Alice Schmidt READ MORE
Public Health Expert
Alice Schmidt is currently working with Montrose leading the independent evaluation of DFID’s Evidence for Action Programme which focuses on neonatal and maternal health improvements through evidence, advocacy and accountability in six Sub-Saharan African countries. Ms Schdmit has previously worked with Montrose in assessing public-private partnerships for health in the mining sector where she developed international guidance notes and briefings.
Prior to working with Montrose, Ms Schmidt worked with a range of institutional stakeholders, including various bilateral and multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, media and the private sector, both as an employee, associate and as a consultant. Ms Schmidt focuses on evaluating large complex health programmes and projects; conducting political economy and stakeholder analyses; developing policy advocacy strategies; designing and facilitating capacity building; and technical synthesis writing. Ms Schmidt’s thematic competencies include health policy, development effectiveness, social impact and investment, public-private partnership, gender and sustainability.
Ms Schmidt holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and a Master of Science in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.
Benedict Iheme READ MORE
Extractive Industry Expert
Benedict Iheme is currently working with Montrose as the USEDATA programme Country Coordinator for the Nigeria Extractive Industry data pilot. Previously, Mr Iheme worked with the UNDP on the Integrated Development Programme for Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta. Furthermore, as an advisor on programmes and institutional development, he has also supported the extractives sector work of LITE Africa, a prominent Nigerian NGO. He also played a key role as Nigeria Country Director for Cordaid, a Dutch international NGO, where he formulated and implemented an extractives focused country programme.
Mr Iheme also has significant experience in the areas of governance, civil society strengthening, law reform and capacity building in Nigeria, Tanzania, Namibia and Seychelles. He has worked on projects supported by several donors, including USAID, European Union, UNDP, UNESCO, Misereor and Irish Aid.
Mr Iheme, a member of the Nigerian Bar, obtained law degrees of LLB from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and LLM from the University of Lagos. He later studied Human Rights and International Cooperation and Development at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr Billy Selve READ MORE
Public Health Expert
Dr Billy Selve worked with Montrose as a Public Health Consultant for the Mining Health Initiative Project in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Dr Selve conducted case studies of two mines in PNG, Ok Tedi Mine in Western Province and Lihir Gold Mine in New Ireland Province, which identified a range of good practices on how mining companies can extend health services to marginalised populations in Africa.
Dr Selve has 25 years of experience in conducting health impact assessments, household surveys and longitudinal surveys; design and implementation of health plans; and design and coordination of health programmes in Papua New Guinea. He has worked with various development partners including AusAID, International SOS, and World Health Organisation.
Dr Selve holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University, Australia and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Papua New Guinea.
Bridget Brown READ MORE
Systems Strengthening Expert
Bridget Brown is Montrose’s Managing Director, providing oversight of the company's strategic direction and management and ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of Montrose programmes globally. She has substantial expertise in all aspects of project management, including design, start-up, implementation, client relationship management, consultant and personnel management, project closure and deliverable quality control.
Prior to joining Montrose Bridget held senior positions as an international development specialist in public and private sectors and has worked in the field for 10 years in numerous difficult environments including South Sudan, Nigeria and Uganda. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and an Honours degree from Oxford. Ms Brown is fluent in English with a working proficiency in Spanish, French and German.
Emily Stenning READ MORE
Emily Stenning is a Myanmar-based education expert with 11 years’ experience in advising and delivering education policies and programmes for governments, development agencies, private sector clients and NGOs. These include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department for International Development- UK (DfID), Department of Education-UK (DfE) UNICEF and UNESCO. Specifically in Myanmar, Ms Stenning has worked with the Government of Myanmar at policy level on their sector-wide education reform and on designing and improving non-state education innovations focused on improving access to quality education.
Ms Stenning holds a first class honours, Masters Degree in Theology and Art History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Gulden Bayaz READ MORE
Gulden Bayaz is an economist with over ten years of experience in project design, economic appraisals and value for money analyses, particularly in long term technical assistance programmes and in a sub-Saharan Africa context. She has worked for government departments and major development partners (DPs) including DFID, the World Bank, European Union and UN agencies. Gulden has considerable experience of conducting economic appraisals and value for money assessments, particularly for DFID.
Gulden also has significant experience on programme reviews and logical framework/ results framework design, focusing on demonstrating impact and lessons learned, particularly within DFID formats and requirements. Additional experience includes fund management of donor projects funded by DFID, World Bank, IMF, SIDA and SECO. She also has proven skills in M&E, both at project and sector levels.
Jennifer Remmers READ MORE
Jennifer Remmers has lead numerous projects for Montrose on behalf of private sector clients in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Projects included malaria vector control assessments in Western Uganda, in which Montrose designed and implemented a training programme for vector control personnel and conducted malaria awareness training sessions for camp personnel. In Zambia, Ms Remmers lead Montrose’s review of malaria risk and existing vector control measurements for a private client and conducted a similar review for another private sector client in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. More recently, Ms Remmers lead a Montrose review for a mining client in Papua New Guinea. The work entailed both ‘inside the fence’ and ‘outside the fence’ activities, including entomological assessments and a review of vector control activities.
Ms Remmers has over 10 years of experience in disease vector surveillance programs, vector management and development and review of disease control programs for naval forces and mining companies. Ms Remmers also has experience in training community health workers, technicians and public health personnel on malaria transmission, prevention and vector surveillance.
Ms Remmers holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology from Iowa State University, USA.
Jon Crail READ MORE
Jon Crail is currently working with Montrose in Equatorial Guinea on ProSalud as a Behavioural Change Communications (BCC) expert in which he is responsible for building the BCC capacity of national staff and for training community health workers.
Prior to working with Montrose, Mr Crail has worked with CBM, a disability inclusive development NGO based in Germany. He has also worked in reproductive health with Marie Stopes International (MSI) in London and with MSI South Sudan in Juba. In addition Mr Crail has also worked as a Public Health Consultant for Phrisk Limited in oral health and advocacy for the World Dental Federation (FDI) in Geneva, and as a Regional Director for Amigos de las Americas based in Texas, USA.
Mr Crail holds a Master’s degree in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) which focused on social psychology and BCC. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College, USA. Mr Crail is a native English speaker, fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.
Dr Kate Kolazcinski READ MORE
Public Health Expert
Dr Kate Kolaczinski has carried out a range of assignments for Montrose including being the Lead Technical Writer for the Montrose designed web-based malaria tool-kit which provides advice on malaria control in the private sector in Asia-Pacific. Dr Kolaczinski has also provided extensive consultancy for Montrose on extractive industry health-related projects in both Africa and Asia.
Dr Kolaczinski specialises in malaria control and has a research background in medical entomology and infectious disease control. Dr Kolaczinski has worked for non-governmental organisations and latterly as a consultant, advising development organisations, donors and government on a range of aspects of malaria control. Beyond malaria she advises organisations on vector borne disease control and supports maternal and child health assessments to inform strategy design. Dr Kolaczinski has undertaken work in Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, North Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Kolaczinski holds a Master’s degree in the Biology and Control of Disease Vectors and a PhD in malaria control from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Recently she was awarded a Master’s degree in Public Health specialising in epidemiology, from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Kelly MacDonald READ MORE
Public Health Expert
Kelly Macdonald has worked with Montrose in Myanmar since 2013 as a public health specialist. Ms Macdonald has more than 20 years of experience working in Africa and Asia. Ms Macdonald specialises in capacity building of health-focused civil society groups and in the adoption of behaviour change approaches to health. She is proficient in conducting needs assessments, situational analyses and project evaluations, design of strategies and programmes, grant management, project start up and management and proposal and report writing. Ms Macdonald has previously worked with UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, AusAid and the IRC.
Ms Macdonald holds a Master’s degree in Reproductive and Sexual Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Calgary in Canada She was also awarded a further Master’s Degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Liz Pick READ MORE
Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
Liz Pick is a knowledge management and communications specialist with more than 14 years’ experience working in the health, education and international development sectors. Ms Pick is currently the Montrose Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist for the DFID funded Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan. Ms Pick is responsible for all external communications, media engagement and reporting for the £120 million DFID flagship project which aims to improve healthcare in six of South Sudan's ten states, focusing on maternal and newborn health.
Before joining Montrose, Ms Pick worked in Uganda where she was responsible for knowledge management and communications for projects funded by the European Union and the UNHCR. In Australia, she managed all aspects of communications for a health development program in 10 Asia-Pacific nations.
Ms Pick holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a native English speaker with a working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Lorena Martinez READ MORE
Lorena Martinez Gomez is a livelihoods expert with experience of more than 20 years in rural livelihoods, agriculture, rural micro-finance, value chain analysis and MSME development. Whilst acting as a consultant in this period, Lorena has worked with numerous organisations including: the World Bank, EU, GOPA, Spanish Red Cross, UN Food Agriculture Organisation and several private companies. Lorena has worked in South and Central America as well as Equatorial Guinea. This has included conducting a value chain analysis of the horticulture sector in Bioko North, Equatorial Guinea. Lorena is fluent in Spanish and English and holds an advanced degree in Agriculture Engineering specializing in agrarian economy (University of Cordoba, Spain). Furthermore, Ms Gomez also has a specialisation in gender and livelihoods and has authored several publications in this area.
Lyn Bowers READ MORE
Lyn Bowers is an Education Expert with more than 20 years of experience working in international education in both industrialised and developing countries, including Afghanistan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. She has extensive experience of leading international teams working for a variety of donors, including European Union, AusAID, USAID and the World Bank.
Ms Bowers has strong technical expertise in the design and implementation of teacher training programmes, designing teaching and learning materials, teacher training, curriculum development and the monitoring and evaluation of education projects and programmes. Most recently, Ms Bowers has been involved in the assessment of needs and institutional capacity for educational reform, and in providing support and training to election officials.
Ms Bowers holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Ballarat University College, Australia. Ms Bowers also holds two Certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and Teacher Training from The University of the South Pacific, Fiji and The Language Centre of Ireland respectively.
Marion Thomas READ MORE
Marion Thomas is an expert in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (international standards and in-country legislation) and auditing as well as public consultation / stakeholder engagement, particularly geared to levels of literacy and language as well as the training of locally contracted teams. Marion is also an experienced Project Manager and Director and has worked on numerous large-scale complex projects in the areas of mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, infrastructure, waste and land development.
Marion holds a Master of Science in Engineering Geology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; a Master of Science in Geology and Groundwater from the University of the Free State, South Africa; and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom.
Dr Martin Prew READ MORE
Dr Martin Prew is the Montrose technical team leader on a major textbook evaluation project in South Sudan. The project is evaluating the effect of textbook distribution on learning outcomes, management and maintenance of textbooks and the equitability of distribution. Previously, he has conducted other education evaluations and project design work for Montrose including for extractive industry clients.
Dr Prew has over 30 years of experience in the education sector. During his career, Dr Prew has work in Ghana, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the UK. His experience includes performing evaluations of education policies, procedures, programmes and systems; textbook editing and chairing of a textbook review panel; development of school management and governance programmes; development of curricula and resourcing of these curricula; and undertaking organisational and programme baseline studies. He has worked in senior management in South Africa’s national Ministry of Education and worked closely with provincial departments of education to design and implement national education management policies, including Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM) policies, standards for education managers and education projects including social accountability and gender equity focused projects. He has led various national commissions including the commission reviewing the South African education policy framework in 2005–6, and the commission tasked with reviewing procurement, access and use of LTSMs in schools across all nine provinces in 2006-7. The latter led to an influential report which influenced present LTSM policy.
Dr Prew holds a PhD in Education from Exeter Univeristy, UK and a Master’s degree in Education and Development from London University.
Nadine Zug READ MORE
Nadine Zug is an education specialist with around four years of work experience as a primary and secondary school teacher as well as five years of work experience in the international development sector. She works for Montrose in different capacities, in both technical advisory and project coordination/management roles. For a UNICEF project in South Sudan to improve literacy and numeracy competences of primary schools children, she is the technical lead, responsible for coordinating and producing technical deliverables of the projects’ components (learning assessments, strategy & teaching and learning material development, teacher training).
Before joining Montrose, Ms Zug held different consultancy and technical advisory positions. As education adviser for a GIZ-implemented employment promotion project, she was responsible for the non-formal training component were she managed all activities related to (functional adult) literacy, curriculum development and well as value-chain related trainings. She also engaged with the Ministry of Education to strengthen their capacities in formal technical vocational education and training.
Ms Zug holds the German State Examination for teachers from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-University, Germany and a dual Masters’ degree in International Education Management (INEMA) from the PH-Ludwigsburg University of Education and Helwan University, Egypt.
Nelius Scheepers READ MORE
Nelius Scheepers is an experienced Environmental Management professional with 16 years of experience in oil and gas, mining, major civil infrastructure projects, manufacturing and heavy industry. One of his key specialty areas is as Project Manager for large-scale, complex EIA/ESIA/ESHSIA projects. He successfully managed environmental assessment projects for multi-national clients in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Nelius has all-round experience in both environmental and social aspects of projects and, therefore, has the leadership and managerial skills to direct, manage large multi-disciplinary teams of specialists / subject matter experts located around the globe, as well as review specialist studies to ultimately compile ESIA reports.
During his career, he has worked directly and indirectly on projects for numerous companies including: Sappi, The South African Breweries, Anglo Platinum, Shell, Chevron, Khumba Resources, BHP Billiton (MMC), Anglo Coal, Sasol, African Barrick Gold, Dundee Precious Metals, Rio Tinto (Richards Bay Minerals), Vopak, Qatar Public Works Authority, Chinese National Offshore Oil Company. Nelius holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Water Resource Management; a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management; and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from University Pretoria, South Africa. Nelius is a registered Professional Natural Scientist and an internationally registered Environmental Auditor.
Nicholas Ramsden READ MORE
Nicholas Ramsden has eight years’ experience in education project design, management, monitoring and research in developing country settings, with direct field experience in South Sudan, Rwanda and Myanmar. His expertise focuses on innovation, quality, and value for money in rural education provision, including low-cost quality school construction, pre- and in-service teacher training delivery, child-friendly school initiatives, teaching and learning materials, school improvement grants and student cash transfer schemes, and girls’ education issues.
In South Sudan, Nicholas managed the Anglican Church’s education work in 2007-8, including school infrastructure and teacher training programmes funded by UNDP and DFID. He then monitored DFID’s Basic Services Fund programme education projects across the country for a further two years, ensuring quality school construction and teacher training programmes. Nicholas then worked on the design and set-up of DFID’s Innovation for Education fund in Rwanda, where he oversaw the grants procurement stage of the project. In 2012-13 Nicholas contributed to the scoping, design and set-up of DFID’s flagship £60m Girls Education South Sudan programme, for which he conducted extensive field research , and oversaw the design and procurement of the grants component. In 2013-14 he team-led the programme through the outbreak of South Sudan’s most recent civil war, ensuring innovative features such as capitation grants to schools and an SMS-based attendance monitoring system remained on track.
Nicholas holds a BA and MA (Oxon) from Balliol College, Oxford, and an MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.
Philip Patton READ MORE
Philip Patton is a licensed High Conservation Value Assessor (ALS15041PP) and has conducted HCV assessments, biodiversity assessments, environmental impact assessments and audits in Europe, the Middle East and throughout Africa. Philip is also an experienced ornithologist, and a registered Professional Natural Scientist (400029/14). He has over 18 years of consulting experience in ecological assessments and environmental auditing within the mining, agriculture, and renewable energy sectors as well as other similar industries.
Philip holds a B.Sc Hons (EGS) from the University of Cape Town, and a B.Sc (Geology and Botany) from the University of Port Elizabeth.
Dr Ramon Sales Encinas READ MORE
Public Health Expert
Dr Ramon Sales is a Medical Doctor with over 30 years of experience in coordinating public health programmes in Africa including Equatorial Guinea and Angola. Particular expertise includes public healthcare management, design and implementation of large-scale health surveys and disease campaigns, monitoring and evaluation and policy development. He has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS programming including providing technical assistance to national AIDS programmes, development of education materials related to HIV/AIDS and conducting national HIV/AIDS surveys. Dr Sales was previously Montrose’s Technical Director of Project ProSalud, a major public health programme focused on maternal and child health and water and sanitation in Equatorial Guinea.
Sally Haiselden READ MORE
Sally Haiselden has been teaching in a range of contexts and countries for 25 years. She has lived and worked in Japan, Turkey, Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan, Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is an experienced primary school practitioner and deputy head teacher in the English education system. She is also a qualified teacher of English as Foreign Language (TEFL). Since 2011 Ms Haiselden has used her primary education experience in a variety of roles. She spent two years on a placement with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a teacher educator at a primary teachers’ college in northern Uganda. This was part of a UNICEF programme to improve the quality of primary education. Her work on lesson observation as a tool to support teacher development has now been rolled out nationwide. Ms Haiselden also spent a year as Team Leader of the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme. In addition, she has volunteered and delivered teacher training in Kinshasa DRC and at Yei Teacher Training College in South Sudan. Ms Haiselden also has experience of teaching and learning materials and curriculum development in Uganda and South Sudan.
Ms Haiselden holds an MA (Hons) from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University. She has a Masters in Development Management from The Open University, UK.
Sonja Nieuwenhuis READ MORE
Public Health Specialist
Sonja Nieuwenhuis is currently Montrose’s Health Service Delivery Manager for the DFID funded South Sudan Health Pooled Fund. She provides oversight of all health service delivery activities supported by the Health Pooled Fund through the implementing partners. Previously she worked for four years in South Sudan as a medical advisor for an international NGO.
Ms Nieuwenhuis has 10 years of experience in health programme planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in South Sudan and Egypt. Ms Nieuwenhuis has expertise in conducting health assessments, health surveys and health programme performance reviews; supervision of disease outbreak preparedness and response efforts; strategy development; the design and implementation of medical supply chain management systems; and capacity building. Ms. Nieuwenhuis’ work includes extensive collaboration with Medair, DFID, SIDA, ECHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, OFDA and the Common Humanitarian Fund.
Ms Nieuwenhuis holds a Master’s degree in International Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the School for Higher Vocational Training in Ede, The Netherlands. She is fluent in English and Dutch and has a basic understanding of Arabic.
Wolfgang Wiegel READ MORE
Enterprise Development Expert
Wolfgang Wiegel is a expert in enterprise development. He has over 25 years’ experience in consultancy and project management of development and international cooperation programmes and projects. Mr Wiegel has solid experience of providing technical assistance in projects with GIZ, EU, UNIDO, DFID and ITC. He has efficiently managed complex projects and programmes in various political, social and cultural conditions and business environments across Africa (West Africa: Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana), Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Mr Wiegel has 12 years’ hands-on operational management responsibilities in EU-based SME and multinational manufacturing, engineering and service industries in different industrial sectors. Specifically, his experience includes: SME support, internationalization and upgrading; trade development and trade agreements; export development; FDI and industrial development; systemic enterprise consultancy including evaluations of sector competitiveness and value chain development; institutional strengthening of private sector support organizations, business centres and industrial development agencies; sector analysis and investment studies, special economic zones; VET, vocational training and market development of business services, capacity development and ToT for consultants.
Mr Wiegel is fluent in Spanish and English. Mr Wiegel holds a first degree in Textile Engineering (Hof/Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and a postgraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration (Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany).