The current team is composed as follows:
GREEN SPACES, LANDSCAPES AND BIODIVERSITY THEMATIC GROUP
Jean-Paul HERREMANS (JPH), Programme Manager
Nicolas BLONDEL (NBL), Programme Adviser
Kinnie DE BEULE (KDB), Project Manager
Nathalie VAN ISACKER (NVI), Project Manager
Darline VELGHE (DVE), Project Manager
CLIMATE action THEMATIC GROUP
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, POLICY AND FINANCING THEMATIC GROUP
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY THEMATIC GROUP
Raphaël BEQUET (RBE), Project Manager
Raphaël is a bio-engineer graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2006. His master thesis focused on a comparative study of tree sap flow measurements in Czech Republic. He pursued his academic career at the University of Antwerp where his doctoral research on forest ecophysiology largely contributed to the decision-support tool for forest policy, management and research in Flanders (the SimForTree project).
From 2011 until 2015, he worked as a Project Engineer in site pollution investigation and remediation at ARCADIS Belgium.
Raphaël joined Prospect C&S in March 2015 as a Project Manager, where he manages climate action projects and monitors LIFE projects in Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.
Raphaël is Belgian and speaks French, Dutch and English.
Nicolas BLONDEL (NBL), Programme Adviser
Nicolas Blondel is a forest engineer graduated from the Faculty of agricultural sciences of Gembloux. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in forestry, biodiversity protection, sustainable management of natural resources and environment (tropical countries and Belgium).
In particular he has been in charge of providing technical assistance in four national parks, two of them World Heritage Sites. In that employment, he has learned to manage vast territories, has led large teams of staff and coordinated logistical operations in difficult conditions. His activities have encompassed the protection, management and restoration of ecosystems, field inventories of flora and fauna, the development of ecotourism and the building of management infrastructure (he is a specialist of the techniques of bio-construction using timber). He has got first-hand experience in the combat against wildlife trafficking and has implemented programmes of rural development around protected areas for the local population.
Beside this, he has also striven to maintain natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems outside protected areas in various bio-geographical and socio-economic contexts, including in emergency circumstances such as humanitarian crises. He has regularly implemented consultative processes (stakeholder consultation). He has collaborated with industrial companies to reduce their environmental impacts on several sites and has competence in systems of environmental management. He has been involved in applied research activities, has organized training programmes and has given hands-on training to numerous field technicians and senior managers. He has specific experience at the different stages of the Project Cycle Management.
He joined the Prospect C&S team in July 2015 as Programme Adviser in the Green spaces, landscape and biodiversity thematic unit.
He is Belgian, speaks French and English fluently and has working knowledge of Dutch and Spanish.
Kinnie DE BEULE (KDB), Project Manager
Kinnie graduated as a bio-engineer from Ghent University in 2007, with a specialisation in soil and water management. Her master thesis focused on the adaptation of the SWAT-model, implementing temporal variability of land cover and crops into flow simulations for the Bíobío basin at El Centro de Ciencias Ambientales EULA – CHILE, Chili.
She started working for the Institute for Nature and Forest Research where she improved databases and conducted research on heavy metals. After that, she worked mainly as a project manager for an NGO specialised in reforestation and climate issues in Flanders and the tropics, and, as a technical expert/advisor for the city of Ghent, where she handled environmental permits and building licences.
Kinnie joined Prospect C&S in May 2015 as a Project Manager, where she monitors LIFE nature projects in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Kinnie is Belgian and speaks Dutch, English and Spanish.
Christophe DE JAEGHER (CDJ), Programme Manager
Christophe De Jaegher is an agricultural engineer (Université catholique de Louvain – UCL, 1984) with over 25 years professional experience in food security and rural development in Africa and South America.
He is the newly appointed Programme Manager for the food security and rural development thematic group at Prospect C&S.
From 2000 until 2014, Christophe was responsible for the food and nutrition security programmes at AEDES – Agence Européenne pour le Développement et la Santé – where he provided technical backstopping for dozens of long-term programmes as well as short-term missions. One of his main areas of technical expertise lies in food security information systems, field in which he has completed more than 45 consultancy missions for different cooperation agencies e.g.: EuropeAid, ECHO, FAO, AFD, OXFAM.
Before joining AEDES, Christophe spent nearly 10 years in Latin America supporting the implementation of several rural development and agro-forestry projects and programmes.
Christophe is Belgian and speaks French, Spanish and English.
Pavlos DOïKOS (PDO), Programme Manager
Pavlos is an environmental scientist. He holds an MSc degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and an MSc degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University (Sweden).
He has been working in the environmental field for over 15 years with a significant experience in the fields of waste, natural resources and SMEs/eco-innovation. Pavlos has led many international environmental projects of various EU programmes, the United Nations and EEA – Norway grants. He also has significant teaching experience as a trainer for project management of EU funded projects and he has published two books on that subject matter. Pavlos has experience in modern financial instruments for the environment established by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission. In particular, he has served as a member of the JESSICA Horizontal Studies Steering Committee, an advisory board of 28 experts to the EC DG REGIO.
Pavlos has worked since 2011 as LIFE monitoring expert on various policy areas such as climate change, innovation, chemicals, waste, water and forests. Since February 2013 he has also been working as Environment Sectoral Coordinator in the Coordination Team for LIFE projects (as part of the NEEMO team from 2015). He is persistent on quality and focused on strengthening the policy relevance of LIFE projects and increasing their replication potential. He is now also in charge of the “Environmental policy” thematic group at Prospect C&S.
Pavlos has joined the Board of Prospect C&S in 2015.
Pavlos is Greek and speaks fluent Greek and English.
Barbara EMMERICH (BEM), Project Assistant
Barbara holds a European BSc in Biotechnology (2004) and an MSc in Plant Sciences (2007), specializing in Crop Protection and Genetics.
During her BSc thesis preparation (Teagasc – Oak Park, Ireland) she used AFLP analysis as a molecular tool in an advanced potato breeding program. She continued working in Ireland, this time at University College Cork for her MSc by research only, studying chemical elicitation of increased stress responses in crop plants (oilseed rape and wheat) on a physiological and molecular level.
Her studies allowed her to experience working in various positions in laboratories all over Europe.
She joined the Prospect C&S team in May 2015, and also works as an assistant for the NEEMO Central Team.
Barbara is German and speaks German, English, Dutch and French.
Eric EVRARD (EEV), Co-Chairman
Eric is a bio-engineer, holding a degree in agronomical engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1985). He also has a certificate in Project Cycle Management (1998). He has more than 30 years of experience and his fields of expertise are the co-ordination of multi-national teams, projects and programmes, the methodological aspects of monitoring and evaluation, and tendering and proposal writing.
Eric is one of the two Co-Chairmen of Prospect C&S. He is presently the Team Leader of the NEEMO LIFE Team that assists the European Commission DG Environment in the follow-up of LIFE projects in the whole EU territory. NEEMO is also dealing with communicating about the LIFE programme and undertakes various thematic studies.
Eric’s professional career started in Africa where from 1986 until 1992 he was involved in relief and rural development projects in Chad (AICF), Mauritania (Oxfam Belgium), Tunisia (ITTA) and Guinea-Bissau (Solidarité Socialiste).
Back in Brussels, he joined the European Environment Agency Task Force, where he managed projects aiming to facilitate the membership of future Member States to the European Environment Agency. He then co-founded Prospect C&S in 1994.
Since then Eric has been responsible for the development and management of several of Prospect C&S’ ‘flagship’ projects, including: Team Leader of the Astrale LIFE Team (2005-2014), Team Leader of the NEEMO LIFE Team (2015-ongoing), Team Leader for the set-up of the European Topic Centre for Terrestrial Environment in Barcelona (2001-2002), Team Leader for support to Phare Countries to prepare for EEA membership and Coordinator of the Phare EEA/CORINE Project.
Eric is Belgian and speaks French and English.
Julie FISCHER (JFI), Project Manager
Julie is a Bio-engineer, holding a degree in Chemistry and Bio-industries, with a specialization in Environmental technology and pollution remediation, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2009). Her master thesis focused on techniques for the bio-remediation of hydro-carbon polluted soils.
Julie started her career in 2009 as a trainee/junior expert participating in studies on remediation of contaminated soils with AGECO. She also provided tutoring to university students in Mathematics and Sciences (chemistry, physics and biology).
Julie joined the Prospect C&S team in February 2012 as Administrative Assistant and then from May 2012 as Project Manager. She has been successfully involved in many operational backstopping activities including technical and financial follow-up and quality control of awarded environmental projects, as well as in drafting methodologies for environment related tenders, or providing specific technical input for environmental related Prospect contracts. She coordinates the application to the Brussels environmental label for Prospect C&S and has been ensuring the constant compliance to the procedures set-up. Julie now works within the Environmental management, policy and financing Prospect C&S department.
Julie is Belgian and speaks French and English.
Manuel HARCHIES (MHA), Programme Adviser
Manu is a bio-engineer by training, holding a degree in agronomical engineering with a specialisation in land management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2006). He also has a certificate in Project Cycle Management (2008), Carbon Footprint (2011) and Climate Modelling (2013).
Manu has 7 years of experience and his fields of expertise are: climate change adaptation and mitigation, land management, biodiversity and nature protection. He gained hands-on experience in international project management and technical and financial follow-up.
Manu’s professional career started in Africa where he was involved in 2006-2007 in various internships and voluntary work related to rural development and nature conservation in Cameroon (APESS), Chad (CIRAD), Senegal (FAPAL, Narou Heuleuk) and Niger (CIRAD).
Manu has been working at Prospect C&S since September 2007. He joined Prospect C&S’ Climate Change thematic group and has been involved in activities linked to EuropeAid framework contracts (Lot 1 – Rural Development, Lot 6 – Environment, Lot 7 – Governance and Home Affairs and Lot 12 – Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-Crisis assistance), tender development and providing consultancy services for in the field of air quality, GHG inventories and low-carbon development strategies.
Since June 2012, Manu administrates the Climate Support Facility Programme, an initiative of the ACP Secretariat funded by the European Commission and providing assistance to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries on climate change related issues.
Manu is Belgian and speaks French, English and Spanish.
Jean-Paul HERREMANS (JPH), Programme Manager
After a Master degree in Biology (1978), Jean Paul undertook a Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences, Nature Conservation and Management (2003). Both obtained from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His areas of expertise are green spaces, landscapes and protected areas biodiversity restoration and management; environmental impact assessment; Natura 2000; communication in environment and project monitoring and evaluation. Jean-Paul is also a Suitably Qualified Ecologist-SQE for BREEAM assessments.
He worked at Inter-Environnement Wallonie as an expert on issues such as environment mainstreaming in rural development policy and environmental education. In this position he created in 1989 the still dynamic Belgian environmental education network Idée. From 1990 until 1999 he occupied the position of General Secretary at RNOB (Réserves Naturelles et Ornithologiques de Belgique), where among other tasks he started and coordinated acquisition programmes of land in Special Protection and Natura 2000 areas. As Scientific Adviser, Jean-Paul was involved in research and teaching within the Department of Botany of the Faculty of Sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
In 2000, Jean-Paul started his first collaboration with Prospect C&S by contributing to the set-up of a feasibility study for the restoration and development of Sutjeska National Park in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a member of the monitoring team for LIFE Nature projects in the Benelux. He is now in charge of the “Green Spaces, Landscapes and Biodiversity” thematic group at Prospect. Since 2014 Jean-Paul is also member of the Board of Prospect C&S.
Jean-Paul is Belgian and speaks French, Dutch and English.
Christos KISSAS (CKI), Programme Adviser
Christos is a senior financial economist with over 25 years of experience in financial management and analysis. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Financial Management from Paris-Dauphine University.
Christos’ extensive experience in modern financial instruments for the environment has been gained as he has served in the Investment Board of the EU JESSICA financial instrument for Greece working closely with EIB officials. This experience combined with the experience that he gained as the Managing Director of Athens Municipality Development Agency and especially the supervision of all EU-funded projects allowed him to develop a wide “hands-on” experience on both financial reporting/analysis and technical added value of EU-funded projects. Christos is very keen on quality: in Athens Municipality Development Agency he introduced and obtained certification for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System). He also trained the staff on various project management tools and techniques, financial control and auditing.
Since early 2015, Christos has joined the NEEMO Coordination Team for LIFE projects as Financial Sectoral Coordinator to provide management (coordination) and training of NEEMO experts, quality assurance and control of financial analysis – auditing procedures in project visits and reporting in order to fully meet the EC-LIFE requirements.
Christos is Greek and speaks French, English, and Greek fluently.
Georgios KOSTAKOS (GKO), Programme Manager
Georgios holds an MA and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
He has had a distinguished career with the United Nations, where among other posts he served as Senior Adviser and Acting Deputy Executive Secretary on the secretariat of the UN Global Sustainability Panel (GSP), as climate change focal point in the Secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), on the UN Secretary-General’s Strategic Planning Unit, and on UN field missions to South Africa, Mexico, Haiti and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Georgios has also worked either as staff member or external advisor with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the European Commission, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the University of Athens, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and Salzburg Global Seminar.
He is currently serving as LIFE Climate Action Sector Coordinator at NEEMO EEIG, and teaches global governance and international organizations at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), University of Kent.
Georgios is Greek and speaks English, French and Spanish.
Pascal LARDINOIS (PLA), Co-Chairman
Pascal is a bio-engineer by training and holds an agronomical engineering degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1985). He has over 25 years of experience and his fields of expertise are the support to organisational development and project management in the field of environment and sustainable development.
Pascal is one of the two Co-Chairmen of Prospect C&S and is responsible for strategic planning and organisational change.
After spending several years in Africa working on rural development and aquaculture projects, he co-founded Prospect C&S in 1994. He has contributed to the set-up and development of the company in the environment and rural development sectors.
Since then his professional work has taken him to Central Asia, the Balkans, Caucasus, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, always in the field of environment and sustainable development. In this time he has acquired hands-on expertise in providing methodological support/facilitation during project/programme identification, formulation workshops and project monitoring and assessment, including development of monitoring tools and performance monitoring.
He also led the methodological design of a performance-based self-assessment manual for environmental organisations and facilitated performance self-assessment seminars for small and bigger organisations such as the CAREC (Kazakhstan) and the University of Burundi.
Pascal is Belgian and speaks both French and English.
Gabrielle LE MENAHEZE, Executive Assistant
Gabrielle holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013) and a master’s degree in International Relations specialized in Humanitarian Action from the Catholic University of Louvain (2015). Her master thesis focused on the empowerment of women in peace processes. Her studies allowed her to develop sustainable skills from the point of view of humanitarian and development actors.
She joined the Prospect C&S team in March 2016 as Executive Assistant and, in that framework, supports also the NEEMO Central Team of the LIFE project on a part-time basis.
Gabrielle is French and speaks French, English, Spanish and Catalan.
Ivona MALBASIC (IMA), Programme Adviser
Ivona holds a MSc. degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy and has more than 12 years of experience in working with non-profit organisations such as environmental NGOs and research centres.
Throughout her career Ivona has worked in international organisations and managed complex multi-donor projects. She was a lead author of the training materials in the field of watch-dogging for training of environmental civil society organizations in Western Balkans. She contributed to studies on environmental justice in Central and Eastern Europe and wrote on eco-innovation in Croatia for the Eco-Innovation Observatory.
From 2004-2012, Ivona worked at Central European University in Budapest where she gained excellent analytical and management skills. She managed various international working groups such as quality assurance team and research evaluation team, and organised many international events.
She carried out independent research, using both quantitative and qualitative methods and edited academic and non-academic publications.
Ivona joined Prospect C&S in January 2015 as LIFE NGO Grants & Good Governance Coordinator within the NEEMO team.
Ivona is Croatian and speaks Croatian, English, French and Hungarian.
Nathalie VAN ISACKER (NVI), Project Manager
Nathalie Van Isacker holds a Master degree in agronomical engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her professional experience includes consultancy services and scientific education and outreach.
She started her career as a Research Analyst in consulting. She then worked for 7 years in a transport consultancy, STRATEC, where she contributed to studies on freight transport and environmental impact assessments. In 2008, she joined the International Polar Foundation. As a Scientific Officer, she was involved in the content development of communication tools and teaching tools on climate change and polar sciences. She was involved in the organisation of conferences and participated in various outreach events for the general public and young people. She co-managed an educational project on sustainable energy management and calls for proposals for a Fellowship supporting young polar scientists.
In September 2016, she joined the Prospect team as project manager. She is in charge of LIFE projects monitoring under the Climate Change, Nature and Environment brands.
Nathalie speaks French, English and Dutch.
Darline VELGHE (DVE), Project Manager
Darline holds a degree in Bio-engineering and has ample experience in forest management and nature policy. She has a research background and previously worked with several NGOs both in Belgium and Ecuador.
In 2010, she joined Green spaces, landscapes and biodiversity department at Prospect C&S. Since then, she has been involved in many projects related to Natura 2000, the LIFE fund, and sustainable development on EU level and national/regional level in Benelux, France and Western Balkans.
From 2015 onwards, she has been the Benelux Regional Coordinator in the NEEMO EEIG that is monitoring ongoing LIFE projects.
Darline is Belgian and speaks Dutch, English, French and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Thomas WOUTERS (TWO), Project Manager
Thomas is a bio-engineer by training, holding a degree in agronomical engineering with a specialisation in land management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2008). Thomas has 5 years of experience in land management, rural development and natural resources management.
For his master thesis, Thomas studied the problem of soil erosion in the Democratic Republic of Congo using remote sensing and GIS techniques in order to develop a tool for the detection of active/inactive gullies and their origins. Back in Belgium, Thomas carried a short-term assignment as a researcher at the Biological Control and Spatial Ecology laboratory (LUBIES). He then joined Saving Africa’s NAture (SANA) in Tanzania, an NGO specialised in rural development and sustainable resources management. With SANA and for nearly two years he was involved in the development of organic vegetable farming with rural groupings.
In May 2012, Thomas joined Prospect C&S as project manager. He provides GIS support to project implementation in the field of natural resources management and monitors LIFE Nature projects in Belgium and Luxemburg. Thomas is also contributing to the development of the Food Security and Rural Development thematic group, in close collaboration with Christophe De Jaegher.
Thomas is Belgian and speaks French, English and Kiswahili.