Sustainability is multi-dimensional, and delivering sustainable solutions requires a diversity of perspectives and skills. Our core team has expertise on policy, technical, environmental, socio-economic and financial aspects of water and energy resources. And we can leverage an extensive global network of associated colleagues and firms, depending on project needs.
Dr. Joerg Hartmann
Joerg has supported water, power and natural resources projects in over 45 countries. After working for a development bank and an environmental NGO, he has been an independent consultant since 2012. He provides advice on all aspects of sustainable water and energy development, with a particular focus in economic, financial, social, and governance issues. He has assessed multiple projects against sustainability protocols, bank safeguards and other standards, and is a qualified lead auditor. He has a PhD in environmental and development economics, and is fluent in German, English and Spanish.
Dr. Kendra Ryan
Kendra has over 20 years experience working internationally on environmental engineering, policy and security issues. She has a particular interest in the relationship between environmental issues and conflict avoidance and resolution. She brings this expertise to the renewable energy and sustainable water fields by advising clients on project selection and design, stakeholder engagement, and permitting. Kendra has BSs in chemical and environmental engineering, a masters of marine affairs, and a PhD in marine sciences, focused on renewable energy siting.
David L. Harrison - Water Resources Consultant
David Harrison is a water resources lawyer in Boulder, Colorado, retired and of counsel with the firm of Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., and practicing as an independent consultant for the conservation of rivers and clean energy. He worked for 25 years as senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s global freshwater team, with a particular interest in the Yangtze Basin and Amazon basins. He has also worked with the IHA to develop global protocols for sustainable hydropower. David was a member of the Board of Governors of TNC from 1980-1990, and Chairman during 1988-1989. He holds degrees in law and civil engineering (hydraulics).
Dr. Helen Locher - Non-Executive Director and Independent Consultant
Helen Locher has almost two decades of operational experience at Hydro Tasmania, more than 20 years of international consulting and 13 years on statutory and corporate boards, currently a Director with TasWater and Icon Water. She is an independent consultant, primarily focused on hydropower sustainability issues in a variety of countries and contexts. She is a qualified lead auditor, has assessed multiple hydropower projects, and leads a Panel of Experts for a major resettlement program. Helen has degrees in civil engineering (river hydraulics & sediment transport), environmental and earth science, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Doug Smith - Independent Environmental and Social Specialist
Doug Smith has over twenty-five years of international experience, in environmental and social assessments, action plans, and due diligence assessments in renewable energy. He is highly familiar with the standards and guidelines of international financial institutions. As a lead accredited assessor, he has assessed numerous hydropower projects in all regions of the world, provided capacity-building programs, and authored publications on hydropower sustainability. Doug is based in the UK and was previously based in China. He is a keen conservationist and has worked for the RSFB, DFID, consulting firms and the IHA. He has degrees in conservation and biology.
Margaret Trias - Independent Consultant
Margaret Trias has 20 years of engineering, environmental, and social experience in the hydropower, wind, solar, infrastructure, and mining sectors. She has been involved in impact assessments, due diligence and dam safety reviews around the world, and has conducted resource assessments for a wide range of renewable projects. Her experience includes the application of bank safeguards and sustainability standards, including as an assessor accredited by IHA. Margaret has degrees in biology and civil engineering, and has worked with several consulting firms. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and is based in Canada.
Pablo Barañao - Consulting for Environmental Management
Mejores Prácticas (Best Practices) is a Chilean consulting firm established in 2012. With 10 professionals, from offices in Santiago and Puerto Varas, Mejores Prácticas helps their clients meet the challenges from investors, citizens, regulations and international standards. Mejores Prácticas is led by Pablo Barañao, former executive of one of Chile’s largest power generation companies, who has more than 20 years of international experience in the energy industry as well as in impact assessment, audits, training courses, due diligences and risk assessment. He has civil engineering and applied sciences degrees and is also accredited as a sustainability assessor by the IHA.
Ed Wojczynski – Sustainable Hydropower Consultant
Ed Wojczynski has 35 years’ experience in energy planning, project preparation, and regulatory affairs. He worked with Manitoba Hydro for 33 years with the last 15 years as an executive responsible for project development. He was preconstruction manager for three large hydropower projects, with a particular emphasis on building partnerships with local indigenous communities. Ed has been engaged with the IHA and CHA, has chaired boards and working groups, and served as interim president of WaterPower Canada. Since 2015 he has worked as an independent consultant with private and government clients.