Jane Barham holds a Master's Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy specialising in International Law and International Relations, with 18 years overseas experience in a wide range of technical and managerial capacities with relief and development agencies. These include the UK Government (DFID), European Union (ECHO), UN (UNOPS, UNICEF, UNESCO PEER) and INGOs (Oxfam, IRC, Christian Aid). She is skilled in understanding and assessing political and security dynamics in areas of conflict, as well as having a demonstrated ability to manage and design appropriate responses for natural disasters. This has included both host Government and community based disaster preparedness plans. She has undertaken assessments, reviews as well as real time evaluations, including providing substantial inputs on a range of assignments for Aguaconsult, for clients including ECHO and UNDP/BCPR. She has worked in many parts of Africa, Middle East, Far East, as well as South and Central America, and has field experience in DR Congo, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Turkey, and Northern Iraq.


Richard Carter has worked for 35 years on the natural science, social science and engineering of water development and management, focusing especially on the poorest countries of sub-Saharan Africa.  He undertook his undergraduate, Master's and PhD studies respectively at Cambridge, Southampton and Cranfield Universities. After training as a geologist, he took a Master's degree in irrigation and water resources engineering, and later completed a PhD in water policy and management related to semi-arid west Africa.  Richard joined Cranfield University at Silsoe in 1981 after several years working for consulting companies in UK and overseas.  He was appointed Professor of International Water Development at Cranfield in 2002.  Richard has worked in numerous countries across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, North America and Oceania and has published over 150 journal and conference papers, editorials and reports relating to his work.  In 2006 Richard established Richard Carter & Associates Ltd, to extend and deepen partnerships for rural development in low-income developing countries.  In 2009 Richard took the position of Head of Technical Support at WaterAid, one of the largest international NGOs dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene development.  Since 2012 he has returned to full-time consulting as Director of his company.  For more information please visit Richard Carter & Associates Ltd website.


Jeremy Colin is an independent water and sanitation specialist with a professional background in urban environmental health. Jeremy has a professional background in urban environmental health and worked in UK local government before specializing in water and sanitation for developing countries. Following full-time contracts in Pakistan (as Director of an NGO specializing in sanitation) and Zambia (as WaterAid’s adviser to a government water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion programme), he became an independent consultant in 1998. Over the last fourteen years he has undertaken wide range of assignments for multilateral, bilateral, private sector and NGO clients, particularly in the areas of policy and strategy development, sector reform and decentralisation, strengthening service delivery to the poor, research and documentation, programme design and evaluation and multi-stakeholder planning processes, and has worked extensively in the Indian Sub-continent and Africa. Jeremy has worked in a wide range of countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa and Malawi.


Jan Gelfand has a Master of Science in Rural Sociology and has taught community development and rural sociology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has an extensive background in community development, disaster management, programme management and evaluation, as well as in training. He has carried out disaster management and risk reduction evaluation and review exercises throughout the world, mostly as a team leader. He has extensive working experience with the Red Cross-Red Crescent movement, managing a range of programmes largely in Central and South America but with experience in Africa, India and the Middle East. In addition to extensive experience of working with the Red Cross-Red Crescent, he has working experience with UN OCHA, the UK government's Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency and various international NGOs; he is an active member of OCHA's United National Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team. Jan has lived for over 15 years in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. He has field experience in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.


For 31 years, Chris McGahey has been engaged in the science and application of water and sanitation programs as contributors to overall international development. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and his work has ranged from designing and managing USAID’s largest water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project to establishing coastal water quality monitoring and peri-urban services for the urban poor with a consistent focus on the point where these intersect with public health and community engagement. He has learned from experience in both the non- and for-profit sectors in the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Chris has worked both in the field and as a Washington, D.C.-based project manager backstopping and providing direct assistance to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects since 1994. During that time, he has made important contributions to the water supply and sanitation sector globally by developing and promoting the Hygiene Improvement Framework as a comprehensive approach to reducing waterborne diseases; supporting market-based approaches to providing infrastructure and access to un-serviced, poor populations; establishing long-lasting improvements in sanitation; and bringing technological and communication innovations to the field. He has worked in emergency response training and implementation, is a proven facilitator of group decision-making, and has designed grant programs to mobilize funds to community-based actors. Chris maintains a working knowledge of French, and has worked professionally in both Thai and Kiswahili languages.


Erica Ortiz Moreno is a civil engineer with experience in the formulation and assessment of infrastructure projects, specifically in the water and sanitation sector. She has considerable experience in the evaluation of private sector companies participating in the provision of water and sewerage services at national level. Ms. Ortiz Moreno worked with the Water and Sanitation Division of the Colombian central government's Department of National Planning for four years and has recently completed a MSc. in Environment, Science and Society at the University of Essex, UK. Erica's special area of interest is the evaluation of environmental regulation on the water and sewerage sector, and in particular the application of economic instruments such as environmental taxation.


Suha Satana is an economist specialising in project, program and sector evaluation, economic-financial-fiscal analysis and costing of donor funded projects, emphasising overall project and program management including: natural disaster risk and hazard management; water sector management; irrigation; environment; cadastre and land registration; technology; credit; multi-sectoral project design; preparation of business and operational plans; M/E system design and implementation; enterprise and private sector development, and general policy and strategy development. A Turkish national, Suha has 34 years of professional experience with 23 years of general development experience in these disciplines in developing countries. He has field experience in Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, DRCongo, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Niger, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Turkey, as well as ten years of academic experience teaching economics, management science, and statistics in Turkey and the U.S.A. Suha is a native Turkish speaker, and is fluent in both oral and written French and English.


Research and evaluation consultant specialising in social and institutional development; mainly using participatory and qualitative analytical methods; Undertakes design and appraisal of programmes/projects that promote rights of disadvantaged people, social justice and reduction of poverty, including disaster risks and impact of climate change;  his areas of interest include: rural and agricultural development, food security, urban poverty, gender equality, humanitarian response, democratic governance and capacity building of NGO and public sector organisations.


Anissa Toscano holds a Master of Arts in International Boundary Studies, as well as an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. She has over 19 years experience in humanitarian and development contexts with in-depth experience in both natural disasters and complex emergencies. An experienced disaster response practitioner, Ms. Toscano has developed proven skills in assessment, intervention strategies as well as evaluation of crisis response and disaster risk reduction approaches. She has worked with Aguaconsult on a number of assignments, including leading a team conducting an in-depth study into global disaster/conflict interfaces. In her capacity as Head of Advisory Group, UK Department for International Development Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department Operations Team, she not only provided field team leadership for major UK disaster responses but also advised on key operational and humanitarian policy issues for DFID CHASE. This included advisory oversight of the DFID-funded Federation Disaster Risk Reduction Programme in South Asia and East Africa. Throughout her career, Anissa has worked with and alongside a range of organisations including donors, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector companies and the International Movement of the Red Cross. Anissa was recently awarded an OBE for her work in the field of humanitarian assistance.


Ian Wilderspin is an expert in disaster risk reduction and disaster management, with over 20 years’ experience of humanitarian work and emergency response, including community-based disaster risk management. Over these years Ian has developed areas of expertise in coordination, cooperation, partnerships, knowledge sharing and capacity building. Ian has worked for a broad range of agencies in the field of disaster response and management, including the UNDP, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), DFID and a range of international NGOs as well as a long standing position at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Ian also holds a PhD. He led a team for Aguaconsult’s evaluation of ECHO’s DRR Mainstreaming, managed the evaluation of DIPECHO programmes in South East Asia and has extensive field experience of humanitarian response in. Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda with a special focus on South and South East Asia. Ian’s most recent position has been a Senior Delegate advising on climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction at American Red Cross.