Accredited Assessors

Pablo Baranao, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Pablo is a senior environment consultant based in Santiago, Chile. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Catholic University, Chile. Pablo has more than 20 years of international experience in environment and social impact assessment, audits, due diligences, risk assessment, at both practical and strategic levels, mainly in the power sector with a special focus on hydropower and renewable energies. Pablo has led numerous successful social and environmental programs not only during preparation phase of projects, but also during implementation and operation. Pablo is a specialist in cumulative and strategic environmental assessments of hydropower projects, and has also been involved in critically reviewing environmental impact assessments and management plans to meet multiple international standards. Since 2012 as an independent consultant he has delivered many power contracts related to hydro, wind and solar power projects, transmission lines, as well as other infrastructure projects, for institutions including the Inter-American Development Bank, Equator Principles Financial Institutions and energy companies. Pablo is fluent in English and Spanish.

pbaranao@mejores-practicas.com

Pablo Baranao, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Michael Clarke, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Michael holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences, a MS degree in Aquatic Biology and a BSc in Applied Biology. He is also qualified as a Certified Environmental Practitioner and Certified Impact Assessor with the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand. With over 25 years’ experience in environmental management and as a consultant for a large multinational company, he has particularly focused in the management and delivery of large ESIA projects in over 15 countries throughout Africa, Asia, South-East Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Michael has worked on both single and cascade design hydropower projects, ranging in generation capacity from 100 MW to over 7000 MW. These projects have been located on the world’s major rivers, including the White Nile in South Sudan, the Shire River in Malawi, the Indus River in Kashmir and the Salween River in eastern Myanmar. As many of these projects have been donor funded, Michael has developed a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of a range of international standards, including: Equator Principles, Asian Development Bank, World Bank Group and IFC Performance Standards. He is also a trained auditor and regularly conducts due diligence audits against these standards. As a trained aquatic biologist, Michael has an interest in the issues around river fragmentation by large hydropower schemes and the development of appropriate fish passage solutions.

Michael.Clarke@smec.com

Michael Clarke, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Antonio Fonseca dos Santos, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Antonio is a civil engineer with over 40 years of experience in environment and hydrology related to the hydropower, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. He holds a B.Sc. from Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil and a M.Sc. in Hydrology and Water Resources from Colorado State University, USA. During his time with Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL Antonio was responsible for environmental and social licensing, and project management of several hydropower projects, this included the coordination and management of the environmental and social project for Salto Caxias Hydroelectric Power Plant (awarded the IHA ‘Blue Planet Awards for excellence in environmental management). His work as a social and environmental independent consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank – IDB and World Bank, involved in several projects in Brazil as part of the ‘Quality Management of Safeguards in Dam Projects’ program and the ‘Dams Planning and Management Action Plan’. Antonio has worked with Brookfield Renewable Energy Since 2004, reaching the position of Vice President for Environment and Sustainability (Latin America), he is currently the company ‘independent senior consultant’.

antoniofonseca@kelowna.com.br

 Antonio Fonseca dos Santos, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Joerg Hartmann, Lead Assessor

Joerg holds a PhD in environmental and development economics, and has worked on sustainable water and energy development in more than 40 countries. 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. 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 programs. Joerg was a member of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum between 2007-2010, and chaired the Governance Committee of the multi-stakeholder Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council from 2011-2013. Joerg now works as an independent consultant. He supports project developers, banks, NGOs and regulators to improve the sustainability and reduce the risks of hydropower, and has participated in and led many Protocol assessments. He is also working with the geothermal sector, in developing a sustainability assessment protocol for geothermal energy. He is now based in Colorado, US.

joerg.hartmann.water@gmail.com

Joerg Hartmann, Lead Assessor

Andrew Harwood, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Andrew is a Senior Environmental Scientist with Ecofish Research based in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a BSc in Zoology from Edinburgh University and a PhD in Fish Ecology from the University of Glasgow. With 15 years of consulting experience, Andrew has worked in stream, wetland, and lake ecosystems from the tropics to the Arctic Circle and has international experience in conducting research and baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, environmental flow assessments, operational and compliance monitoring, and the development of mitigation and habitat compensation plans. This experience has been gained in the hydropower, mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper sectors in North America, Asia, South and Central America, and Europe. His experience has ranged from evaluating the physiological and behavioural impacts to individual fish from chemical and physical disturbances, to the population level impacts associated with multiple stressors at the watershed scale. Andrew also has extensive experience in developing guidance for regional and national regulators with respect to environmental monitoring programs and the design, assessment and implementation of environmental flows to improve the sustainability of hydropower and other resource development projects. He is also published in the primary scientific literature on environmental flows, fish passage, and fish ecology.

aharwood@ecofishresearch.com

 Andrew Harwood, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Simon Howard, Accredited Assessor

Simon is a Senior Environment Consultant with Mott Macdonald. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from Oxford University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from Edinburgh University. Simon has 12 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, Accredited Assessor

Prabhakar C Kale, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Prabhakar is a Graduate Electrical Engineer from College of Engineering, Pune and an Executive MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. He is a senior hydropower professional with more than 16 years’ experience at Tata Power, India. As head of the power station, he was responsible for the efficient running of the power plant and managing stakeholder needs (involving the planning, designing and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility projects). He is a certified Internal Auditor (ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001) and was Management Appointee for OHSAS18001 for Tata Power hydro divisions (2012 to 2015) being responsible for continued improvements in safety practices. Since Aug 2015, Prabhakar has been working in Zambia as CEO of Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation, a Joint Venture between Tata Power and ZESCO to own and operate 120MW hydropower station in Itezhi Tezhi district where he has been instrumental in the formulation and implementation of Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, Environment and Social Management Plan and guidelines for identification & implementation of CSR projects for the company.

pckale1965@gmail.com

Prabhakar C Kale, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Zaglul Khandkar, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Zaglul is a qualified environmental professional with over 17 years’ experience in the consulting industry in large infrastructure projects, leading major environmental and social studies in dam-hydropower, playing a key role in more than 50 projects, in 30 countries. Having been involved in more than 10 major hydropower projects with installed capacities ranging between 250 MW and 7000 MW in South East Asia and Africa, he has considerable experience in conducting environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence and compliance auditing (including IFC Performance Standards and Guidelines, World Bank & ADB Safeguard Policies and Guidelines, ISO 14001, ISO 19011, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001). His experience extends to the management of multi-disciplinary teams on a variety of small and large-scale loan, aid, and private and publicly funded projects. Zaglul is a qualified environmental engineer specialising in sustainable infrastructure and geology/hydrogeology and is accredited by the professional institutes 'Global Exemplar and Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)'. Currently he is working as a consultant in the Southeast Asian region and based in Sydney, Australia.

z.khandkar@hotmail.com

Zaglul Khandkar, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Susanne Koch, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Susanne is an Environmental Specialist with Tractebel Engineering GmbH (formerly Lahmeyer) and holds a degree (Dipl.-Ing. agr., equiv. to M.Sc.) in Environmental Protection and Rural Development. With 30 years of experience in environmental assessment, mitigation and management plans, she has worked on projects financed by various financing institutions and is well acquainted with international environmental and social safeguard policies. Susanne has a broad knowledge of environmental and social issues related to different sectors, regions and project types with emphasis on hydropower and water resources. She has been responsible for various SEAs, ESIAs and ESMPs for irrigation schemes, dam and HPP projects, overseeing reviews to ensuring compliance of planned hydropower projects with World Bank Group's environmental and social safeguards requirements. In addition to hydropower and irrigation schemes, Susanne has experience of EIAs of transport, thermal power and incineration schemes; often with special attention to evolving environmental legal framework and licensing procedures. In this context, she has assisted not only project proponents but also licensing authorities in the energy and transportation sectors.

susanne.koch@tractebel.engie.com

Susanne Koch, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Serafeina Lazaridou, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Sera is a Civil Engineer with a 20-year professional experience in a leading consultancy firm in Greece. She graduated from the National Technical University of Athens where she specialised in Hydraulic works and Water Recourses Management and holds an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics from Imperial College in London, U.K. She initially worked as a Geotechnical Engineer and later joined Hydroexigiantiki SA as an Engineering Manager, working on water works design, especially dams. Her experience is focused on multipurpose earthfill and rockfill dam design at all implementation stages and dam safety issues such as First Filling, Surveillance and Emergency Action Plans. As member of supervision and support consulting teams, she has participated in the construction and first filling of major dam projects in Greece, while she has also worked on other dam related issues such as Water Resources Management for dam projects, dam sedimentation and dam break

slazaridou@hydroex.gr

 Serafeina Lazaridou, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Helen Locher, Lead Assessor

Helen has a long history of contribution to advancing hydropower sustainability at both a local and global scale, including through a leading role in development and implementation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol since 2003. Helen led assessments on early Protocol versions, initiated and led development of the Sustainable Hydropower Website (www.sustainablehydropower.org), coordinated the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (2008-2010), developed training materials for the 2010 Protocol, and most recently has authored the IHA’s Good International Industry Practice guidelines. During her career, Helen has participated in and led Protocol assessments in Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Vietnam. Helen holds a B.Sc. (Earth Science), an M.Env.Sc. (Environmental Science), and a PhD (Civil Engineering, focused on hydropower interactions with riverine mining wastes and sediment transport). Helen initiated and led numerous award-winning social and environmental programs for Hydro Tasmania between 1997-2015, and since 2015 as an independent consultant has delivered hydropower-related contracts for institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission, International Hydropower Association, and major energy businesses. Helen has served for nine years on Tasmanian government boards relating to resource planning and development and environmental protection, and is presently on the board of directors for TasWater. In 2015 she was honored with the IHA’s Mosonyi Award for excellence in hydropower, recognizing her globally significant contributions to advancing sustainable hydropower.

helen.locher@gmail.com

Helen Locher, Lead Assessor

Donal O’Leary, Accredited Assessor

Donal is an independent consultant with over forty years’ experience working in the water sector, with a major focus on hydropower. He has worked in approximately 40 countries. Whilst working at 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; this included having overall responsibility for their economic, financial, technical, environmental and social aspects, including compliance with the World Bank Safeguard Policies. Under the World Bank Staff Exchange Program, Donal worked with Siemens, Germany, focusing on the hydropower and related sectors; this included representing Siemens on the Industry Group that liaises with the World Commission on Dams. 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/co-author 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) and Indicators of Water Governance (March 2018). Donal is also one of the leaders of the Procurement Monitoring Group (PMG) of the Partnership for Transparency (PTF), a sister organization to TI that is promoting transparency and accountability in public procurement. 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, Accredited Assessor

Juan Quintero, Accredited Assessor

Juan is 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.  As Senior Environmental Specialist at the Word Bank from 1993 to 2010 he was in charge of ensuring compliance with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies in infrastructure projects. Juan is a specialist in the application of construction environmental management plans and regional cumulative and strategic environmental assessments of hydroelectric programs. As an independent consultant since 2010 he  supports projects in many countries in hydropower, mining and urban infrastructure, providing training on Cumulative Impact Assessment, Management of Construction Impacts, Protecting Natural Habitats in Infrastructure Development, and Improving Environmental Assessment tools. He is also an author of a number of hydropower and sustainability publications. Juan was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (2012-2015) and is a member of Panel of Experts/independent monitoring teams for several hydroelectric projects and a Certified Assessor for the International Hydropower Association (IHA) Sustainability Protocol for Hydropower development. In 2016 Juan received the Life-time Achievement Award from the International Association for Impact Assessment for “significant contribution to impact assessment leading to mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in infrastructure projects around the world”.

eecjdq@gmail.com

Juan Quintero, Accredited Assessor

Bernt Rydgren, Lead Assessor

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 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 17 of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessments, including as Lead Assessor for 9 of these. Bernt works for Sweco Energuide, Sweden. 

bernt.rydgren@sweco.se

Bernt Rydgren, Lead Assessor

Orlando San Martin, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Orlando San Martin is an environmental, social and human rights management specialist with over 25 years of professional experience. He holds university degrees in engineering and development economics. He is currently Senior Advisor in Environmental and Social Sustainability in the Corporate Responsibility Unit in Statkraft. Orlando has extensive experience in handling environmental and social risks and impacts in the energy sector including as team leader for several Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Management Plans of energy projects in a wide range of geographical and cultural contexts (more than 20 countries). During his professional career he has covered a wide span of sustainability challenges; from the design and implementation of environmental and social policies, procedures and management systems at the corporate level to the management of day-to-day environmental and social challenges at a hydropower construction site. Orlando is well acquainted with most of the internationally accepted best practice frameworks. Most recently he has played a central role in promoting the “Business and Human Rights” framework aiming to align current human rights challenges and concerns in the business sphere with the overall sustainability agenda of the energy sector.

Orlando.SanMartin@statkraft.com

Orlando San Martin, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Andrew Scanlon, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Andrew is Principal Consultant at Andrew Scanlon and Associates. He provides sustainability, environmental, management system and strategy advice to industry. Andrew has managed sustainability, environment and safety for Australia’s largest renewable energy business, establishing and managing a large and successful environmental and sustainability consultancy for the company. Andrew has conducted environmental impact and sustainability assessments on hydro-electric projects in a number of countries. He has specialist skills in management system development, environmental auditing and communications. He has presented on various topics at a number of international conferences, delivering training programs and workshops in a variety of countries. Andrew led the development of the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) Sustainability Guidelines (2004) and Sustainability Assessment Protocol (2006). In 2007 he was IHA Climate Change Specialist. He also led the development of the World Wind Energy Association’s Sustainability and Due Diligence Guidelines (2005) and is Chairman of the Tasmanian company Natural Resource Management (NRM) South.

ascanlon@bigpond.net.au

Andrew Scanlon, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Miles Scott-Brown, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Miles is an independent environmental practitioner, professional biologist and impact assessment specialist with over 35 years’ experience in the environmental assessment, auditing and management of infrastructure projects around the globe. Miles has excellent problem-solving skills and specialises in developing sustainable strategies and solutions for the global infrastructure challenge. His focus is on environmental and social compliance of energy projects including renewables such as hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar, oil and gas development and pipelines, electrical transmission lines, refineries, ports, roads and railways. He is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Miles is very familiar with World Bank Group and other Lender standards and has worked on both sides of the project spectrum - developing ESIAs and approval strategies for clients while assessing and monitoring project compliance with environmental and social safeguards. Miles is a Certified Environmental Auditor with Eco-Canada. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

miles@cieragroup.com

Miles Scott-Brown, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Jaynsen Sibat, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Jaynsen is currently a senior executive at Sarawak Energy Berhad, based in Sarawak, Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Science and has 18 years of work experience in social and environmental impacts assessment, mainly in hydropower, palm oil plantation and infrastructure development. Prior to joining Sarawak Energy Berhad, he was a senior programme officer for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia; working on policy advocacy, sustainable palm oil and forest landscape monitoring. Currently, his main expertise is in developing and overseeing communications and consultation processes with indigenous people affected by hydropower development, in accordance with international best practices.

Jaynsen.Patrick@sarawakenergy.com

Jaynsen Sibat, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Doug Smith, Lead Assessor

Doug Smith is an independent consultant with twenty-five years of international experience in social and environmental assessment and due diligence, with focus on renewable energy including hydropower. Doug 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 eight official Protocol assessments and participated in more than 20, 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. Doug is highly with IFI environmental and social standards, with 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.

dsmith.environment@gmail.com

Doug Smith, Lead Assessor

Jørn Stave, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Jørn is a senior environmental consultant with Multiconsult based in Norway. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in tropical ecology and has delivered a wide range of environmental consultancy services to the renewable energy sector, with a main focus on hydropower. His experience is predominantly from Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has carried out research on riparian ecology in regulated rivers and served as team leader on many environmental and social impact assessments of hydropower projects. In Multiconsult, he works closely with hydropower planners and engineers to find practical solutions that make projects more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Prior to joining Multiconsult, Jørn was a country director in Ethiopia for a Norwegian environmental NGO for three years and then worked in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) with evaluation of aid programmes, including climate and forest initiatives (REDD+). He currently specialises in environmental baseline studies, impact assessments, management plans, resettlement planning, compliance monitoring/auditing and due-diligence appraisals benchmarked against international safeguard policies and standards. Jørn has worked on projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Benin, Jamaica, Panama, Pakistan and Myanmar.

jorn.stave@multiconsult.no

Jørn Stave, Provisionally Accredited Assessor

Eleni Taylor-Wood, Accredited Assessor

Eleni is a Principal Consultant with Entura, with a PhD and over twenty years' experience in terrestrial and aquatic ecology. She has been involved in a diverse range of studies including: impact assessment for major infrastructure projects; environmental assessment and management for hydropower development and operation (including consideration of climate change impacts and climate resilience); training and capacity building; and water resource management. Eleni has worked on hydropower and water supply projects in Africa, South Asia, South-East Asia, the Pacific and Australia, assessing environmental and social requirements of projects and verifying proposed management measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects. This has included being the Freshwater Technical Lead for the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment for the Purari Hydropower Project (2400 MW) and the Environmental Technical Director for the Kidston Hydro Pumped Storage project in Australia. She has also been involved in critically reviewing environmental studies, impact assessments and management plans to ensure that the proposed projects are sustainable and meet multiple international standards. Eleni has been involved in application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol as an assessor and trainer for projects in Australia, Europe, South East Asia and South America. Eleni has had an active role in building awareness and capability in sustainable hydropower by providing training to companies to build internal capacity in use of the Protocol; on sustainability hydropower development and operations; and institutional strengthening on proactive environmental management for hydropower utilities.

eleni.taylor-wood@entura.com.au

Eleni Taylor-Wood, Accredited Assessor

Margaret Trias, Accredited Assessor

Margaret Trias is a senior consultant and is based in St. Catharines, Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and a Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and has over 18 years of environmental, social and engineering experience covering the power generation, mining and metals, water resources and infrastructure sectors with a focus on hydropower and dams. She has carried out environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) for hydropower projects and dams, wind and solar power projects, transmission lines, and infrastructure projects in Canada and internationally. She has managed and participated in over 50 dam safety reviews, has carried out hydrology studies, water management plans, wind resource assessments and power and energy assessments for a wide range of projects. Her experience includes independent engineer, environmental and social due diligence reviews and audits involving the application of a wide range of standards such as the Equator Principles, World Bank Group and IFC Performance Standards, CAF Safeguard Policies, World Commission on Dams Guidelines for Good Practice, regulatory frameworks of various jurisdictions as well as other standards. Margaret has taken part in the application of the protocol in Asia, Europe and Central America. Margaret is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

margaret.trias.hault@gmail.com

Margaret Trias, Accredited Assessor

Elisa Xiao, Accredited Assessor

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), land acquisition and resettlement, indigenous peoples, stakeholder engagement and community development. She has over eighteen 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, in over 26 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe. Elisa is highly familiar with international standards, approaches and practices for impact assessment and risk management including World Bank Safeguards, IFC Performance Standards, World Bank Group EHS Guidelines, Equator Principles, ILO conventions, and GRI Guidelines for Corporate Reporting etc. By working with a range of global financial institutions and private sector clients, she has established a practical understanding of how those standards can be applied in developing countries and how sustainability non-technical risks could be managed in a less stringent environment.

elisa.xiaojl@gmail.com

Elisa Xiao, Accredited Assessor
 

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