Dr. Jan de Groot (1936). Dr. Jan de Groot (1936), Ph.D, Universidad Libre de Ámsterdam-ULA (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), an agro-economist and co-founder of CDR-ULA at the end of the 1980s. Represents the most experienced blend of consultant and research capabilities on rural development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Starting his career in the last phase of Dutch colonial rule, he quickly moved to Latin America, where macro-economic planning gradually intertwined with programme and project assessment and implementation. After completion of a long-term assignment in the rural sector of western Guatemala, Dr. de Groot is available on occasion for short-term program and sector evaluations.
Gustavo Novillo (1961). is a commercial engineer with specialization in marketing, based in Machala, Ecuador. Specialist with experience and vision for sustainable development is reflected in a career marked by leadership skills Professional.
Extensive experience in development management, strategic planning, management of NGOs, specialized consulting and program management and public and private projects. It also demonstrated the ability to propose and implement alternative solutions for achieving sustainable development. Proven track record of timely delivery and with criteria of efficiency and effectiveness of large priority projects for the participating groups and funding organizations. Management and coordination of multidisciplinary teams.
Drs Luis Samandú (1947). holds a degree in Social Anthropology from the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen and has worked for several decades in the field of civil society development and institutional development. With Uruguayan and Dutch nationality, and working mainly in the Central-American Isthmus, he is thoroughly familiar with the sociopolitical context of the majority of the countries covered by CDR.
His professional specialisations include the formulation of institutional strategies for sustainability, monitoring and evaluation of intra-organisational reform, as well as the national and regional policies to strengthen the rule of law in Central America. Support and harmonization mechanisms among civil society entities have been routinely covered in his professional assignments carried out for numerous European development agencies.
Ing. Arie Sanders (1966). it Agro – economist Trained at Wageningen Agricultural University. He has a strong track record Marking the COR With A Combination of Academic and Applied Research Programme Support and Assessment Missions in Central America. His areas of specialization include Financial Sustainability of rural financial intermediaries , The Impact of Credit -Level Studio rural family , and models inter – acting Credit , Production and Migration of Various Countries of Central America.
His experiences as a consultant cover geographically from Central America , through the Caribbean and the Andes , up the South Cone of Latin America , nourished BY Compliance Assignments sponsored by multilateral organizations. Currently works for the Zamorano University in Honduras.
Drs Bob van der Winden (1951). holds a master degree (with honours) in Public Administration and Organisational Sciences (Utrecht University). He has extensive experience in civil society topics related to practice, management and international cooperation settings regarding support to non-state actors.
He has worked on research and evaluation advising, with a track record on innovative approaches (including publications) and practical implementation in the organisation of a ‘fourth generation evaluation’ methodology, leading several evaluations, and implementing several ‘third party’ evaluations. Other thematic specialisations are capacity building, human rights and media.
Lic. Iris Villalobos (1956). A Business Management graduate from the National University of Costa Rica, has become an advanced specialist in micro-finance training in Central America. For more than 15 years she was closely involved in the development of a number of financial intermediaries in the region, charged either with financial management responsibility, or with external assessment and evaluation assignments. Ms. Villalobos is thoroughly familiar with an array of sophisticated appraisal techniques, and has gained experience with several financial institutions.
In the latter, she trained and advised the rank and file during the process of institutional incorporation into the formal financial sector. She has recently been engaged in the formulation of financial business plans, as well as the evaluation of credit components of NGO and multilateral development programs.
MSc. Koen Voorend (1981). holds a Master’s degree in International Economics Studies from the Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and a master’s degree in Development Studies with a specialization in Economics of Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
He has experience in the study of trade and its social and economic impact in developing countries, specifically in Southern Africa and in Central America. He has also worked on rural development issues in transition countries, notably in the Caucasus and Central Asia. He holds experience in urban development studies, particularly focusing on informal settlement development, and labour market studies, specifically paid domestic work. Currently, in his position as a researcher at the Institute of Social Research of the University of Costa Rica, he is specializing in the study of welfare regimes, gender, labour markets and the formation and impact of social and economic policies on the one hand, and trade on the other. Also, he is a lecturer at the School of Communication at the University of Costa Rica.