Jeroen is a social development specialist with more than 15 years of work experience in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Prior to founding Timu, Jeroen was programme manager extractives at Cordaid, responsible for the design, management and team lead of community empowerment and multi-stakeholder dialogue projects for peaceful and responsible oil, gas, mining in Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria and DRC. Jeroen’s 15 years of work experience includes policy analysis on governance and peace-building at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’ as well as strategic consulting and field research in Cambodia, El Salvador, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in New York and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jeroen holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University (UK) and an MSc in Development Sociology from Wageningen University (NL).
Expertise: stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, conflict and governance assessments, community development, institutional capacity strengthening, policy advice, action-oriented research (incl. participatory rural appraisal) and project management.
Language skills: Dutch, English, French and Spanish.
Winstone has a strong background in sustainable development in infrastructure and energy projects, conducting feasibility is studies, strategic and social impact assessments as well as (community-level) facilitation for international development organizations, private sector clients such as Tullow and CEPSA, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank in Kenya. Omondi holds a BA in Development Economics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has several diplomas on the petroleum industry.
Expertise: social and environmental impact assessment, civic education in urban and rural settings, IFC Performance Standards, natural resource management and land use planning, negotiations around local content and benefit-sharing.
Language skills: English, Kishwahili, Dholuo and (Kenyan) sign language.
Amara has ten years’ hands-on experience in community development, working with rural communities, oil companies and (local) government in the Niger Delta (Nigeria). Until December 2015, she worked with Pro Natura International (Nigeria) where she advised four Community Development Foundations (CDFs) and other activities supported by different oil companes (such as Shell, Chevron, Total and Frontier Oil) in the Niger Delta. Amara received an award from the Nigerian government for her contribution to community development during her National Youth Service. She holds a BSc. (honours) in industrial microbiology, a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration and is currently undertaking an MSc. in Environmental Health at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
Expertise: Design and implementation of community development programmes, social / health impact assessments, facilitation of community-level capacity building, training, and civic education programmes.
Language skills: English and Igbo
Martin works with Timu as well as with Organizing People for Prosperity (OPP) in South Sudan. He was responsible for the capacity development of more than 20 local civil society organizations, the community development departments of oil/mining companies as well as the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in Juba, South Sudan. Prior to that Martin worked with Concern Worldwide as well as Skills for South Sudan. Martin holds an MA in International Development Administration from Andrews University (USA) and a BA in Community Leadership and Development from Uganda Christian University.
Expertise: stakeholder engagement; lobby and advocacy strategy design; institutional capacity development of civil society and government institutions; baseline and social impact assessments, project design and management.
Language skills: English, Bari and (Juba) Arabic.
In addition, Timu works with a pool of experienced consultants (from Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Canada, United States and Germany) to deliver outstanding social performance impact ‘outside the fence’, i.e. in the villages and remote rural locations where affected communities live.