SENIOR CONSULTANTS

JON D UNRUH

KEY EXPERTISE: Land and Property Rights after Armed Conflict
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, East Asia, South America, Central America

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Jon is a Professor of Geography at McGill University. His research, applied and policy work over the past 25 years has focused on war-affected human geographies, with a focus on the re-establishment of land and property rights after armed conflict. His past work has dealt with Islamic, customary, statutory and war-related approaches to land rights and how these interact with displaced populations, ethnic cleansing, restitution, legal pluralism and agriculture in postwar and peace-building scenarios.

His experience includes fieldwork and policy analyses in Iraq, Darfur, Yemen, Liberia, Somalia, Kenya, Angola, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Cambodia, Uganda, Colombia and Central America. Jon has advised a variety of governments as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations including the United Nations, World Bank, USAID, UK-DFID, US State Department, US Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Japanese Global Infrastructure Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, UK Overseas Development Institute, US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, US Office of the Coordinator of Reconstruction and Stabilization, International Development Research Centre Canada and the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee.

Jon received his Doctorate from the University of Arizona in Geography and Regional Development and a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely on the war related geographies of land rights, reconstruction and restitution, agriculture and nomadic pastoralism, land mines, the peace process, natural resources, development and livelihoods, urbanization, mass evictions, legal reform and rule of law, conflict resolution, remote sensing, refugees and internally displaced persons, and famine and food security in a variety of academic journals, books, and reports.

ADAM C. BOULOUKOS

KEY EXPERTISE: Humanitarian Partnership Building, Disaster Risk Reduction, Strategic Planning
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: South Asia, Middle East, East Africa

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For the last 22 years, Adam C. Bouloukos has been working with the United Nations in several duty stations, at both headquarters and in post-conflict locations focusing on humanitarian and post-disaster environments. Adam has worked in Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan, and Sudan, as well as in Copenhagen, Geneva and Vienna.

Adam has held senior positions in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). For the latter, as Director, Adam’s team helped negotiate the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Adam has a diverse research and publication record on topics including organized crime, trafficking, prison conditions, sustainable development, and the role of conflict and insecurity as risk drivers to natural disasters.

Adam has extensive knowledge of the international fund raising and donor environments, including in operational and administrative matters such as grant management, procurement, human resource management, and finance coupled with direct and significant experience in results based management, business process re-engineering, strategic planning and policy coordination. Adam has been directly responsible for developing project proposals, securing resources and delivering in excess of $ 350 million with a diverse group of donors (Governments, UN, Banks, Private Sector).

Adam earned a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, New York with a focus on human rights and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from the Edinburgh Business School. Adam is a pro bono advisor to CPRD.

DAVID STONE

KEY EXPERTISE: Environmental Management and Community Livelihood Support in Conflict and Disaster Contexts 
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia

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A Zoologist by training, David has spent much of his professional career working on the nexus of environmental management and forced human displacement. Blending his passion for the environment with a desire to help people in need – especially those who have been forced to leave their homes and abandon their livelihoods – he has worked with refugees, internally displaced people and rural communities that are vulnerable to climate change and conflict in more than 40 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Helping communities address and overcome barriers to overcoming poverty and building their resilience to increasingly unpredictable climate shocks is a core part of his work.

David’s expertise ranges from contingency planning to project/program design, environmental assessments and evaluations, spanning a range of situations from emergency preparedness and response to rehabilitation and continuing development. His work has seen collaboration with a wide range of humanitarian and environmental actors that form part of the United Nations (UNHCR, UNEP, OCHA, UNDP, ISDR), as well as international and national non-governmental organizations (such as CARE International, Christian Aid, IFRC, WWF, IUCN, Tearfund, Islamic Relief and Norwegian Church Aid), and the donor community.

HAMID NAZARI

KEY EXPERTISE: Disaster Management, Emergency Response, Humanitarian Coordination, Training and Capacity Building
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Middle East, South Asia

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Hamid Nazari specializes in disaster management, emergency response and humanitarian coordination. Hamid has worked with various United Nations offices and programs such as UNAIDS, UNODC, UNDP and UNOCHA. In his most recent position as Head of Office with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Hamid collaborated with a variety of stakeholders working in the fields of disaster response, disaster recovery and reconstruction at both the national and international level. Hamid also led the United Nations response team to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia (2005-2006) where he worked extensively with community leaders.

Hamid has extensive experience designing and facilitating capacity building trainings on disaster management and disaster risk reduction for governments and NGOs. For over 10 years, Hamid also worked as a government interlocutor in partnership with the UNHCR on Afghan refugee settlements in Iran. He has written a book on comparative refugee protection.

GUMA KUNDA KOMEY

KEY EXPERTISE: Natural Resource Based Conflict, Peace Building, Conflict Analysis, Natural Resource Management, Evaluations
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: East Africa

Guma is an academic, civil activist, researcher, consultant and facilitator focusing on issues of land, identity politics, peace and development, conflict resolution analysis and natural resource based conflicts in Africa in general and Sudan in particular.

Guma has worked with numerous national and international projects in post-conflict contexts as a team leader, principal investigator, evaluator and training facilitator. As a consultant, he has worked for the IFAD-funded Butana Integrated Rural Development Project in Central Sudan as Policy Advisor in natural resource management and as a Senior Researcher for the African-Centered Solutions Research Project, the Africa Peace and Security Programme, African Union/Institutes for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Moreover, he frequently provides consultations to several international organizations working in Sudan including Saferworld, Peace-Direct, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Dryland Coordination Group, European Community and USAID.

Guma has previously served as Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and at the University of Halle, both in Germany. He is a fellow and staff of Sudan and South Sudan Course, Rift Valley Institute, London, UK. He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters on endangered indigenous livelihoods, identity politics and environmental conflict.

Guma received his Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Human Geography and Development Economics from the International University of Japan and the University of Khartoum. He is currently an Associate Professor at the College of Humanities and Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Bahri.

RICHARD GUERRA

KEY EXPERTISE: Emergency Response, Humanitarian Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Middle East, East Africa, Central Africa, Caribbean, East Asia

Richard has been living and working in developing countries (Haiti, Cambodia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Uganda, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq) for the past 20 years. During these years, he participated in different humanitarian missions and gained experience in Emergency Response, Humanitarian Coordination and Monitoring and Evaluation. These different functions and responsibilities have enabled him to develop strong diplomatic, negotiation and communication skills. Moreover, experiencing difficult field realities have sharpened his abilities to work in high stress and complex environments.

While working for National and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), The United Nations Department for Peace-Keeping Operations (UNDPKO) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Richard has increasingly strengthened his managerial skills and headed several missions. His main tasks included among others fundraising and external relations, management of administrative functions (administration, finance, HR, logistics and security), program management, humanitarian coordination, management of multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, humanitarian and political situation analysis. Richard has strong knowledge of the wider humanitarian community, the United Nations family and various donors. He is a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC).

Richard received his Bachelor’s degree in Humanitarian Administration and Logistics from Institut Bioforce in Lyon, France.

TULASI NEPAL

KEY EXPERTISE: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Training and Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation, Qualitative Research
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: South Asia, Middle East

Tulasi has been involved in community development work for last 15 years with various national and international organizations. He has experience working directly with communities up to the policy level. During his career, he has developed manuals on social mobilization, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He has been heavily involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects. He has developed various peacebuilding programs in Asia, particularly Orissa and Manipur (India), Nepal, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries as part of Action Asia, a peacebuilding forum of individuals across Asia. While engaging in the humanitarian sector, he has gained academic as well as practical knowledge and skills in dealing with medium to large-scale emergencies, particularly in the Northern Iraq, Kurdistan region. He holds academic and practical abilities in design and evaluation of development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response projects. Qualitative research, facilitation and training in the areas mentioned above are some of his additional skills.

Tulasi holds two Master’s degrees in Rural Development and Applied Conflict Transformation Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK and Pannasastra University in association with Responding to Conflict (RTC), UK and Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS). He also holds an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, New York.

JAVIER PEREZ SALMERON

KEY EXPERTISE: Human Rights, Child Rights, Accountability, Access to Justice
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Latin America, Middle East, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa

Javier is a committed human rights practitioner with extensive field experience in human rights, child rights, accountability and access to justice in conflict and post-conflict contexts. His experience covers countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. He has contributed and led emergency, recovery and development responses in El Salvador, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Mauritania, Angola, and lately in Palestine, with a focus on children and armed conflicts, child protection systems and violence against children. For the last 15 years, he has served in a wide range of positions as Technical Adviser, Program Manager and Director at country and HQ level, in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, UNICEF, Red Cross National Societies and INGOs.

Javier earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, specializing in Law, International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies from the Instituto Ortega y Gasset, affiliated with the Universidad complutense de Madrid, and the Instituto de la Paz y los Conflictos, affiliated with the University of Granada in Spain. For the latter, he was also a research scholar contributing to a research program on Human Rights and Democracy in Morocco.

JEAN-BAPTISTE NKUSI

KEY EXPERTISE: Disaster Recovery, Monitoring and Evaluation, Food Security and Livelihoods
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, Caribbean

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Jean-Baptiste is a seasoned technical expert in disaster recovery, monitoring and evaluation with a special focus on food security and livelihoods programming.  For over 25 years, Jean-Baptiste has been involved in program management and coordination of humanitarian operations throughout sub- Saharan Africa and Haiti both with UN agencies (WFP Rwanda, FAO Chad/CAR and UNDP Haiti/Benin/Mozambique) and with international NGOs (World Vision Zimbabwe, CARE Chad, International Medical Corps Chad and Action Against Hunger Niger).

The focus of Jean-Baptiste’s professional endeavor has been mainly in food security/livelihoods programming (food/cash for work), assessing/building implementation partnerships between national and international stakeholders, and in carrying out monitoring and evaluation missions under development as well as emergency contexts such as displacement, droughts, floods and earthquakes.

Jean-Baptiste received his Master’s degree in Agriculture from the Tuskegee University, Alabama. He is proficient in statistical computer packages (SAS, SPSS and M-STAT) as well as GIS applications (ArcView and MapInfo). He has also completed various short and long-term agricultural research trainings at CIMMYT (Mexico), International Atomic Energy Agency (Austria) and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kenya).

FARAH M. SHROFF

KEY EXPERTISE: Public Health, Gender, Education
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: South Asia, East Africa, Central America

Farah is a public health, education and gender expert.  She has a longstanding commitment to global health status improvements and has worked in India, Nigeria, Guatemala, Costa Rica and many other countries.  She is currently working on a project to reduce maternal mortality rates in Odisha, India with other Canadians and Indians.

Farah also works in the Department of Family Practice and the School of Population and Public Health in the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. The emphasis in her research is on visioning and developing Health for All.  Her main areas of research are holistic health, and community development within a social justice framework. She has been a women’s health researcher and educator for many years, focusing on midwifery, HIV, sexuality, mental well-being and so forth. In 1993, Farah was an inaugural faculty member in Canada’s first university program to educate midwives in Ontario, and this program was rated a world leader. Her book, The New Midwifery: Reflections on Renaissance and Regulation, an edited collection, was published in 1997. Since then, Farah has written about various aspects of women’s health, HIV/AIDS, health policy, nursing issues, registered massage therapy, international health about innovations/transformations in health care, mental well being, yoga, palliative care, and more.

Farah received her Doctorate in Sociology of Education and Community Health from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Primary Health Care Education from the University of Manchester. She also has a particular interest in ayurveda, yoga, meditation and other forms of health promotion and disease prevention.  She is regularly featured on Canadian TV, radio and other media as an expert in health, education and women’s issues.

OLIVIA LAZARD

KEY EXPERTISE: Monitoring and Evaluation, Conflict Analysis, Environmental Peace Building
GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: Central Africa, Middle East, East Africa

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Specializing in the design of monitoring and evaluation systems, impact evaluations, research and programme management with a focus on environmental peacebuilding and development, Olivia assists actors in conflict zones design, implement, manage, research and evaluate conflict-sensitive programmes using participatory approaches. Over the years, Olivia has specialized in the political and economic analysis of conflicts and international interventions in fragile and transitioning countries. Her current focus areas are political economy of conflicts, engaged and empowered community peacebuilding, and integrated programming between peace building, livelihoods regeneration, environmental regeneration and institutional governance, gender and youth, as well as mediation of conflicts occurring over natural and economic resources.

More recently, she has been working on developing the use of agro-ecology within peacebuilding methodologies to promote the regeneration of ecological services and innovative mediation techniques around natural resources and the renewal of socio-economic pacts. With this work, she aims to advocate for the implementation of an ecological imperative within international institutions. Having worked with both the public and private sector, her work is grounded in solid field experience in complex emergencies.

Olivia received her Master’s and Bachelor degrees in International Development, International Political Economy and Middle Eastern Studies from the London School of Economics, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and McGill University.