Accredited Assessors

Joerg Hartmann

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

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 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

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 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 in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. 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 AG in Erlangen, Germany, focusing on the hydropower and related sectors; this included representing Siemens on the Industry Group that liaise 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

Juan Quintero

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 hydro power, 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. Previously a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (2012-2015). Currently 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

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 17 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 (2), Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Norway and Vietnam), including as Lead Assessor for 9 of these. Bernt works for Sweco Energuide/International 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-five years of international experience in social and environmental assessment and due diligence, with focus on renewable energy including 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 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. 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

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

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), 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. Her working experience covers 26 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe. Ms Xiao 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 sectors clients, she has established a practical understanding 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
 

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