Accredited Assessors

Joerg Hartmann

Joerg holds a PhD in environmental and development economics. From 1996 to 2007, he worked for Germany's development bank KfW, on water and natural resources management. In his last three years at the bank, Joerg was country director for Tanzania and chaired the water donors group, which pooled investment resources to reach Tanzania’s MDGs on water. From 2007 to 2011, he led WWF's global hydropower and water security work, both at the policy level and through field support for WWF's river basin programmes. Joerg was a member of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol between 2008-2010, has participated in a number of Protocol assessments, and previously chaired the Governance Committee of the multi-stakeholder Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council. Joerg now works as an independent consultant for sustainable water resource solutions.

joerg.hartmann.water@gmail.com

Joerg Hartmann

Simon Howard

Simon is a Senior Environment Consultant with Mott Macdonald. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Policy from Oxford University, and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from Edinburgh University. Simon has 10 years of experience in international development, environment and social impact assessment and engineering. Simon has particular experience in the renewable energy sector having trained as a mechanical and electrical engineer with a leading London based consultancy. He went on to work for a number of years with bi lateral and multi lateral donors developing rural electrification projects in South East Asia and the South Pacific. Simon has delivered training on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol to 20 IHA Sustainability partners, and has been part of 11 Protocol assessment teams in Ghana, Laos, Iceland, Columbia, Canada, Nepal, Brazil and France.

Simon.Howard@mottmac.com

Simon Howard

Helen Locher

Helen has played a leading role in development and implementation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. Helen led a number of assessments on early Protocol versions between 2003-2006, initiated and led development of the Sustainable Hydropower Website (www.sustainablehydropower.org), coordinated the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (2008-2010), developed the training materials for IHA Sustainability Partners and Accredited Assessors with the 2010 Protocol, and has undertaken a number of assessments with the 2010 Protocol. During her career, Helen has participated in and led Protocol assessments in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa. Helen holds a Bachelor degree in Earth Science, a Master degree in Environmental Science, and a PhD in Civil Engineering (focused on mining wastes and sediment transport downstream of a hydropower station). Helen worked for Hydro Tasmania between 1997-2015, where she developed and managed Hydro Tasmania’s aquatic environment program, led the environmental and social assessment and management process for changes to hydropower operations arising from connecting Hydro Tasmania into the mainland electricity market, and held various senior environment and sustainability roles. Helen has also served for nine years on Tasmanian government boards relating to resource planning and development and environmental protection. In 2015 she was honored with the IHA’s Mosonyi Award for excellence in hydropower, recognizing her significant contributions to advancing sustainable hydropower on a global scale. 

helen.locher@gmail.com

Helen Locher

Donal O’Leary

Donal, an independent consultant, has over forty years experience working in the water sector, with a major focus on hydropower. He has worked in approximately 40 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. While with the World Bank (1982-2005), as Task Team Leader, Donal was involved in the identification, preparation, operation and implementation of hydroelectric projects in a number of countries in Africa and South Asia. Since July 2005, Donal has worked as a volunteer Senior Advisor for Transparency International (TI), focusing on promoting good governance/anticorruption in the water /hydropower sectors, including in procurement. He was the lead/coauthor of three publications on communications for large water infrastructure, published jointly by TI and the World Bank. He represents TI on the multi stakeholder Steering Committee of the OECD Water Governance Initiative that facilitated the development of the OECD Principles of Water Governance (June 2015). Donal was a member of the Hydro Sustainability Assessment Forum, which oversaw the development of the Hydro Sustainability Assessment Protocol. For four years, he also was a member of the Governance Committee of the Hydro Sustainability Assessment Council, which oversaw the rollout and implementation of the Protocol. He has been involved in Protocol Assessments in Brazil and Canada. Fluent in English and Spanish, Donal holds engineering degrees from the National University of Ireland as well as a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. 

dtoleary@gmail.com

Donal O’Leary

Juan Quintero

A Civil and Environmental Engineer, with over 40 years of experience in risk assessment, mitigation and compensation of environmental and social impacts associated with development projects, especially transport and hydroelectric projects around the world. Sr. Environmental Specialist at the Word Bank from 1993 to 2010 in charge of ensuring compliance with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies in infrastructure projects. Specialist in the application of construction environmental management plans, and regional, cumulative and strategic environmental assessments of hydroelectric programs. An independent consultant from 2010 until present, experience including: (i) support to infrastructure projects with IADB (roads in Bolivia, Metro in Quito, wind power in Mexico); (ii) preparation of a Manual for JICA on “Protecting Natural Habitats in Infrastructure projects”; (iii); support to Safeguard Coordination Team in the East Region of the World Bank in charge of preparing manuals for health, education and community development projects; (iv) preparing paper for IADB on Natural Habitats issues in LAC; (v) assessing the Peru EIA system for Bank Information System (BIC); and (vi) delivering training courses at Birmingham University on environmental management of roads (as part of the annual Senior Road Executive Program). I have also prepared a Guide for Sustainable Roads for The Nature Conservancy (2015).

eecjdq@gmail.com

Juan Quintero

Bernt Rydgren

Bernt holds a PhD focussed on soil erosion studies in Lesotho in Southern Africa, a Licentiate and a BSc degree in Physical Geography, as well as a BSc in Hydrology, all from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has over 30 years of broad experience from environmental and water-resources work at both practical and strategic levels, mainly in the power sector with a special focus on hydropower. In relation to hydropower, ESIAs, sediment-transport and hydrology/water resources-related topics are his specialties. Bernt worked for 15 years for Vattenfall, the largest power utility in Sweden, as an in-house consultant with assignments both within the organisation and consulting to other companies, developers, development banks etc. As part of his strategic environmental responsibilities for the hydropower section of the company he was project manager for the world’s first ISO 14025-certified Environmental Product Declaration (hydropower electricity from Lule Älv, Sweden) in 1999. He was also Vice President for environmental affairs for Vattenfall’s Latin American investment company in 2000-2001. As a consultant, Bernt has carried out and/or reviewed socio-environmental and sustainability assessments in a wide variety of countries, and has also been the resident project manager for the Ruhudji Hydropower project in Tanzania in 2008-09. Bernt has been involved in 15 of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessments carried out, or being carried out, thus far (Australia, Bhutan, Brazil (2), Brazil/Paraguay, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway and Vietnam), including as Lead Assessor for 8 of these. Bernt works for Sweco Energuide in Sweden, a multi-national technical consultant with over 14 000 employees.

bernt.rydgren@sweco.se

Bernt Rydgren

Doug Smith

Doug Smith is an independent consultant with twenty years of international experience in social and environmental assessment and due diligence, recently focusing on hydropower. Mr Smith is a leading specialist on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, and was one of the first assessors to be accredited to provide official Protocol assessments. He has led six official Protocol assessments and participated in a further ten, assessing all Protocol topics, on projects from 3 MW to 14,000 MW. He is a highly experienced trainer, providing training in environmental and social sustainability to audiences of up to 30 participants, providing over 30 events to project developers and financial institutions in the past five years in all regions. He led the first Early Stage assessment in Croatia in June 2014, and a further Early Stage assessment in Ghana in April 2015. Mr Smith has high familiarity with IFI environmental and social standards, repeated experience in preparing environmental and social assessments, environmental and social action plans, and due diligence reports. He has previously held senior positions in leading environmental and carbon consulting businesses. He has a Masters degree in Conservation (University College London), and a BA (Hons) from Oxford University in Pure and Applied Biology. His experience amongst international financial institutions and Equator Banks encompasses the World Bank, IFC, FMO, DEG, Proparco, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered. He has experience in over 35 developed and developing countries in all global regions: Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia), Asia-Pacific (Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam), Europe (Albania, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, UK), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru), Middle East (Pakistan, and West Bank and Gaza), and North America (Canada).

E: dsmith.environment@gmail.com , T: +44 7779 820 416

dsmith.environment@gmail.com

Doug Smith

Eleni Taylor-Wood

Dr Eleni Taylor-Wood is an accredited assessor since August 2014 and she has participated in Protocol assessments in Iceland and Colombia. She is a Principal Consultant, Environment and Social with Entura and has over seventeen years' experience in project management and terrestrial and aquatic ecology. Whilst working as an environmental consultant, Eleni has been involved in a diverse range of studies including: terrestrial and aquatic impact assessment; environmental flow studies; design and implementation of monitoring programs; instream, riparian and wetland management; and investigations into the transportation pests (aquatic and terrestrial). Eleni was a member of the Independent Expert Panel assisting the Hawkesbury-Nepean Management Forum from 2001 - 2005. Eleni's role on this panel was to provide advice on matters relating to vegetation (aquatic and riparian) especially in regards to environmental flow regimes, monitoring programs and management of the riverine environment. Eleni has considerable experience with successfully project managing large-scale, complex projects that run over several years. Eleni also has experience in providing expert advice and critically reviewing reports. 

eleni.taylor-wood@entura.com.au

Eleni Taylor-Wood

Elisa Xiao

Elisa Xiao is an independent consultant. She was formerly a Principle Consultant with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based in Shanghai, China. She is specialised in environmental social and health impact assessments (ESHIA), resettlement planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder engagement and community development. She has over fourteen years of international experience in impact assessment and risk management, and has provided strategic advice and training to both public and private sector clients on managing the environmental/social issues and sustainability risks of their operations. Elisa has extensive experience in the hydropower sector and extractive, renewable energy industries. Her working experience covers 16 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe. Ms Xiao is highly familiar international standards, approaches and practices for impact assessment and risk management including Equator Principles, IFC Sustainability Performance Standards and World Bank Safeguard Polices. By working with a range of global financial institutions and private sectors clients, she has established a practical understanding how those standards can be applied in developing countries. 

elisa.xiaojl@gmail.com

Elisa Xiao
 

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