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oiko foto miguel smallMiguel F. Trillo · Founding Partner and Board Member

oiko foto miguelMiguel Fernández Trillo
Founding Partner and Board Member
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Miguel is a Natural Resource Economist with over two decades of experience in field work examining the relationships between poverty, vulnerability of livelihoods and climate change. He obtained a B.A. in Economics at the Complutense University (Madrid), an M.A. in Public Policy at the George Washington University (USA) and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics at the Gottingen University (Germany). He is a native speaker of Spanish, and fluent in both English and German.
Miguel is the founder and managing director of OIKO LOGICA, and has worked on sustainable development at different scales in over 60 countries. Examples include work for the Department for Sustainable Development for Latin America at The World Bank headquarters; a post as a poverty reduction specialist for USAID in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) during and after the Hurricane Mitch Natural Disaster; and was responsible for formulating Poverty Reduction Strategies Programmes (PRSP) in Nicaragua, Bolivia and Guyana for the DFID.
Furthermore, Miguel has also carried out advisory roles in more than 50 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern Europe. He has decades of team leader experience in advising and negotiating national support programmes at the ministry level, as well as working with grassroots organisations designing small scale technology solutions at a local level.
He has played a significant role in the identification and formulation of national climate change strategies and support programmes for the GCCA in the most vulnerable countries of Small Island States (SIDS), such as coastal climate adaptation in Mauritius and Seychelles, conservation agriculture in Namibia, energy options for off-grid rural communities in Lesotho and preventing the impact of Glacial Outburst Floods (GLOF) in Bhutan (The Himalayas).
In addition, he is a lecturer for the M.A. course on Impact Evaluation Techniques for Development Projects at the Autonoma University (Spain).

oiko foto thomas smallThomas Otter · Board Member

oiko foto thomasThomas Otter
Board Member
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Thomas Otter is a skilled economist with a PhD from the University of Göttingen, Germany. He is specialised in economic, social and human development, including poverty reduction, inequality and climate change. Thomas accumulates over 20 years of hands-on experience working as a team leader in projects covering over 40 countries of South America and Central America, North America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Thomas is native in German and fluent in both Spanish and English. He also speaks French and Portuguese.
Thomas has worked with different multilateral and bilateral development organisations such as the World Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD), Die Genossenschaften (DGRV), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, KFW, AECID, IBD, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Oxfam, ACH and the International Labour Office (ILO), among others.
His consulting activity is focused on programme design and management (PCM, SWAP), strategic planning and policy analysis. He has extensive experience in project evaluation on poverty reduction and institutional development coordination in the following areas: local development, rural development in vulnerable areas, agriculture, value chains, labour markets, migration, employment and market access, export promotion, youth, education, social protection, public expenditure, fiscal policy environment, food security, microfinance, environment and sustainable development and crisis prevention and administration of natural resources in rural areas, among others.
During the last 10 years, Thomas has worked on several evaluation projects in Asia, where he designed the sample for a panel survey on climate change and livestock in western Mongolia; he managed a mid-term evaluation to assess and address the effects of trade on employment in Indonesia and Bangladesh; he developed an outcome evaluation pilot project voucher for fresh foods as an emergency response to drought in rural indigenous communities in Bolivia, acting as the team leader; and has provided outcome evaluations on environment, sustainable development, crisis prevention and early recovery portfolios.
Furthermore, in 2012 he was responsible for the Evaluation ACH Food Security joint programme in Peru; he was commissioned by FAO/ AECID to lead the Evaluation Food Security Programme in Latin America (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Panama); and lastly he developed the Monitoring and Evaluation guidelines for the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA), for assessing results achieved in arid land farming in the Arab region (Jordan).
Thomas also worked as a team leader for IFC in Bolivia, where he was responsible for monitoring and evaluating a forest management programme in indigenous communities for timber production. During the project, he managed the design of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and implemented the baseline and the M&E Tool regarding timber production. In addition, he participated in education programmes by training local communities on sales and welfare.
As well as the abovementioned, Thomas has hands-on proven experience as a team leader in capacity-building programmes in human development, rolling budget and medium-term expenditure framework in Bhutan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.
On a final note, Thomas is a founding member of the Network of Inequality and Poverty (NIP) (World Bank/IADB/UNDP) and a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaft, (ECINEQ) (Germany). He is an associate researcher at the Iberoamerican Institute for Economic Sciences at the University of Gottingen (Germany) and a lecturer at the Latin American School for Human Development in Bogotá, Colombia.

oiko foto lorene smallLorene C. Flaming · Board Member

oiko foto loreneLorene C. Flaming
Board Member
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Lorene is a natural resources economist with an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard University (USA) and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). She holds 23 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating projects and policies that strengthen natural resources management and sustainable livelihoods.
Lorene specialises in assignments that require a high level of technical expertise and stakeholder consultation. She has completed over 27 consulting assignments for the World Bank, USAID, the European Union (EU), GIZ, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations. An exceptional analyst and writer, she has designed M&E frameworks for forestry, agriculture, wildlife and community development projects; led numerous sector assessments; developed environmental diligence procedures for banks and projects; and has written guidelines for the evaluation of water resources. Lorene has also served as project manager for three World Bank-funded projects. She is adept at identifying a practical roadmap, achieving buy-in, managing results and documenting success.
Since 2005, her work has increasingly integrated pro-poor strategies and climate change solutions. Examples include: helping in the Afghanistan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2007); designing programmes for U.S. utilities that promote energy efficiency in buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (2010-2012); and evaluating efforts to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves in a remote, glacier-dependent region of Afghanistan (2013). In early 2014, she led an assessment team tasked with helping USAID enhance the sustainability, resilience and pro-poor targeting of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in Indonesia.
Furthermore, Lorene has worked with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), donors and the private sector in over a dozen countries, including Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname, Bosnia, Malawi, Liberia and the United States.

oiko foto amitav smallAmitav Rath · Board Member

oiko foto amitavAmitav Rath
Board Member
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Amitav Rath has over 30 years of experience in multiple roles as a policy analyst and adviser to governments and multilateral institutions. He has worked as a hands-on consultant with small to large firms on improving productivity and competitiveness, as well as a researcher and an academic. He received his B.Sc. in Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (India). Subsequently, he studied an M.A. and PhD in Operations Research at the University of California, Berkley (USA), with a focus on interdisciplinary work in management and natural resource systems, with additional training in economics, statistics and optimisation.
Amitav began his work on many research and policy questions on energy, technical change and innovations on development at both the macro- and the micro-level of firms while in India, a set of issues with which he has maintained a core expertise, with many contributions to research and policy. He has worked as a professor and associate director at the Management Development Institute in India, where he contributed to research and the training of senior government officials in economic planning and finance. He also worked with managers in firms to increase the applications of modern management methods, and has provided technical consulting services to the government, and public and private organizations in India.
Subsequently, he worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa (Canada), where he designed and managed a global portfolio of policy research for and by developing countries. The work focused on key challenges of poverty regarding economic, technological, energy, environmental and natural resource policies. As a manager at IDRC, he led a number of initiatives, such as the role of innovation for poor people, gender and environmental impacts, which have continued to increase in their relevance for sustainable development. Amitav also worked collaboratively with governments, private and public agencies and with researchers in order to build local capacities for sustainable development, as well as leading major programme evaluations.
Since then, he has worked for over 15 years as an independent consultant on many areas of project design, research and impact analysis, strategic advice, M&E and capacity building in many facets of economics, energy and sustainable development. He has worked in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where he has participated in many programmes, agencies and governments such as CIDA, the IDRC, agencies of the Government of Canada, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the EU, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, UNU, UNDP, UNIDO, DfID, GIZ and SIDA. Furthermore, Amitav has also worked with firms, NGOs, community-based organisations and governments from developing countries.
Amitav has always remained involved in teaching and research. Starting off at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), he has been regularly involved in different capacities with over a dozen research and teaching institutions in Canada, the USA and Sweden, among others. Moreover, he has contributed to the programme of the Indian Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar (India) and continues as an adviser at STIPRO (Tanzania). Most recently, he was appointed as Professor Extraordinaire at Tswane University in Pretoria (South Africa).  Some of the most notable contributions of Amitav include a report on cleaner production, energy efficiency, renewables, institutional and policy developments and technological strategies required for a greener economy for Canada at the Rio Summit. He has conducted extensive research on options for the mitigation of carbon emissions, energy efficiency options in industry and agriculture, barriers and incentives and public policies to increase the rate of efficiency improvements in cost effective ways and their impacts on poverty and growth. His research has contributed to the work of many multilateral organisations, national governments, NGOs and private companies on global and national energy assessments, energy efficiency initiatives and innovation.

Lastly, he has been recognised for strategic thinking and for his ability to synthesise and communicate complex issues. He is the author and co-author of over 60 articles, reports and books on key development challenges and is the founding editor of two major international journals, Information Technology for Development and Technology Transfer and Society.



oiko foto volker smallVolker Nannen · Board Member

oiko foto volkerVolker Nannen
Board Member
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Volker is a research scientist with a PhD in Computer Science and Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), where he pioneered multi-agent simulations for the analysis of public policies, particularly focused on the mitigation of climate change and the induction of technological innovation into mitigation policy strategies. Additionally, he holds an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), specialised in operations research.
He has over a decade of substantial experience analysing how fundamental theoretical research is transferred to applied engineering and project development. Past projects include the propagation and mitigation of risk in supply networks, failure dynamics in structural engineering and probabilistic localisation techniques for autonomous underwater robotics. He has vast experience in commercial and academic research, including several European research projects.
His current work is on technological innovation for sustainable food security, practical measures to decrease soil degradation and improvements on agricultural management practice.

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