Affiliated Experts

Peter Bofin

Peter Bofin has more than 20 years of experience advising on private sector development and research and analysis on East African politics and institutions, with a focus on petroleum sector governance, the wider investment climate and governance issues, and violent extremism. He has carried out consultancy assignments for DfID, Oxfam, Norad, IHS Security and Risk Consulting, PM Media Consult and Oxford Analytica.

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Dr. Lars Buur

Lars has twenty years’ research and field experience on analysing legal and institutional frameworks with special focus on investments in sub-Sahara Africa. Buur has carried out a number of consultancy assignments on natural resource and land management including for the Oil for Development programme in Mozambique, and has advised a number of donors on regulation, investment and incentive structures for public and private actors. Lars has recently led a large study on growth versus economic transformation and recommendations on how to improve industrial policy in Africa, as well as a research project for the World Bank on land investments and their sectoral impact on gas& oil, minerals and agriculture. He holds PhD in Ethnography and Social Anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Sandra Dias dos Santos

Sandra Dias dos Santos has 18 years’ experience as a coordinator and liaison for Scandinavian businesses and international cooperation in Angola. She has a unique understanding of Angola and track record of effectively managing programmes with successful outcomes. As former Trade Commissioner, Manager and Head of Office at the Swedish Embassy in Luanda, Sandra has an excellent understanding of the business sector and current economic, political, and social situation in Angola. Sandra is The Governance Group Angola representative and local coordinator of the Angola Human Rights Project 2017-2021.

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Alessandra Fontana

Alessandra Fontana (Brazil) is an anti-corruption expert with particular expertise in issues related to money laundering, financial crime and corruption risk assessments. Alessandra has previously worked for OECD where she developed corruption risk management guidelines, led cross country research and policy teams, as well as managing the Anti-Corruption Task Team of the Development Assistance Committee. Alessandra has become a trusted resource and evaluator for numerous international organisations including OECD, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, and Centre for Global Development. Alessandra holds a Masters in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK. She is a native Portuguese speaker with fluency in English, French and Spanish.

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Dragan Golubovic

Dragan Golubovic is a leading public policy and development expert in the Western Balkans and EU pre-accession countries. He has over 18 years of experience working as a liaison between governments, civil society, international donors and other key stakeholders in pursuing legal and public policy reform.

Dragan has served as an expert to the EU and the Council of Europe, most recently as a member of the Expert Council on NGO Law. He is a fluent English, Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, and Macedonian speaker. Dragan has led multiple projects for The Governance Group including assessments of the security and defence sectors in Western Balkans and the court management information system in Kosovo.


Kedar Khadka

Kedar is one of Nepal’s leading specialists in anti-corruption and possesses 15 years’ experience in anti-corruption work in Nepal, with a particular focus on strengthening transparent governance and supporting civil society engagement in democratic processes. His expertise includes analysis of the gaps in the anti-corruption policy, practices and possible interventions for development partners. He has cooperated with UNDP, the Norwegian Embassy and the World Bank in Nepal and was a co-researcher for the study ‘Anti-corruption Intervention in Nepal: Gaps in Policy, Practices and Possible Collective Interventions for Development Partners’ and has delivered a number of presentations and policy papers on anti-corruption in Nepal. Kedar has worked with The Governance Group on our corruption measurement project in Nepal as a local consultant, as well as a local consultant for the Review of Norad’s Master programme for Energy and Petroleum, gathering data at Tribhuvan and Kathmandu University in Nepal.


Reidar Kvam

Reidar Kvam is a Social Anthropologist with more than 30 years’ experience working on environmental and social sustainability. Reidar recently retired from the World Bank, where he was Global Lead for Social Sustainability and Standards. In this role he was responsible for coordinating and advising on how to integrate social standards including the Bank's safeguards policies in projects and programs around the world. Prior to his role as Global Lead at the World Bank, Reidar was Senior Manager responsible for Policy, Quality Assurance, and Knowledge Management in the Environment, Social and Governance Department in IFC. Reidar holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. He joined the World Bank Group in 1996, after having worked in academia, the UN system, and with Norway’s bilateral aid program. He has broad operational experience from Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. His work focuses on integrating social dimensions into development projects and policy work. He has worked extensively on assessment methodologies and social inclusion, related to topics such as gender, participation, involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, and human rights.

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Charles Makunja

Charles Makunja is a Democratic Governance Expert with over 23 years of practical experience in programme development and management. He has previously worked as an Advisor with UNDP, and recently was a Growth Diagnostics Fellow at the Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government developing diagnostic tools for growth and product complexity. Globally he has participated in high-level international conferences, knowledge networks and expert group assignments inter alia on Anti-Corruption; Environmental Governance and Democracy; Global Forum on Reinventing Government; Ageing; and Volunteerism. He is a member of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management and the Harvard University JFK School of Government Alumni Association.

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Sterling Roop

Sterling Roop provides research and analysis on East African business risk, reform processes and institutions, and regulations with a focus on petroleum sector governance, and the wider investment climate. Sterling is a fluent Swahili speaker with extensive experience working with both public and private actors, as well as local governments, and civil society organizations in Africa on legal frameworks, regulation, legislation, institutional reform and development.

Roop has diverse experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research both in the field and from behind a desk. Sterling has been leading The Governance Group´s research on violent extremism and conflict assessment in East Africa.

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Anthony Sarota

Anthony is a researcher and security practitioner. He is experienced in investigation and policy development, particularly in the spheres of security, violent extremism and radicalization, terrorism, and strategic change and planning. Anthony was previously a law enforcement officer for the Tanzanian government and has in recent years worked as a consultant on various security, extremism, and peace building projects in East and Central Africa. Anthony has led The Governance Group projects for Search for Common Ground in DRC and Tanzania.

Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider has more than 25 years of experience as an expert in criminal law, anti-corruption reform, and the promotion of good governance. Dan worked as a federal prosecutor for 10 years with the United States Department of Justice where he investigated and prosecuted violations of various federal criminal statutes, focusing on bank fraud, money laundering, and other types of white collar crime. Since leaving government service, Dan has served as a university professor, advisor and advocate on issues concerning corruption, governance and the rule of law.  Dan has advised many government agencies and organizations on anti-corruption reform efforts and the promotion of good governance, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Transparency International, the American Bar Association, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, the University of Wisconsin Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Ravi Srinivasan

Ravi Srinivasan is leading The Governance Group’s work on digital transformation, e-governance and technology solutions for governance reform. He is a technology professional with expertise in IT infrastructure, outsourcing and process management, blockchain, governance and automation.

His past experience includes transformation management at Bridgewater Associates, and co-founder at OfficeTiger and Pride BPO firms. He holds engineering degrees from Princeton and Stanford.

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Nils Taxell

Nils Taxell (Sweden) is an experienced development practitioner focusing on governance, anti-corruption, people's engagement, fragile states and aid effectiveness. Nils is currently based in Uganda where he is advising SUGAR (Strengthening Uganda's Anti-Corruption Response) on supporting anti-corruption reform in government institutions to increase the effectiveness of service delivery. Nils has previously worked for Adam Smith International, UNDP, and the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre where he led multiple research projects into anti-corruption, citizen engagement, and anti-corruption interventions. Nils holds a Master of Science in Political Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Isabelle Teboul

Isabelle Teboul (France) is a sustainability specialist with over 17 years' experience working in North, West, Central, and Southern Africa for the French Army, several International Organizations and the Mining Industry. Isabelle has an excellent understanding of the practical application of the IFC Performance Standards, as well as experience in stakeholder engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility, risk and incident management, and environmental engineering. Most recently, Isabelle worked as Sustainability Director (Environment and CSR) at SEK SA where she developed an Environmental and Social Management System incorporating global best practices and full compliance with DRC legislation, ISO 14001 as well as International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard requirements, and developed a Grievance Mechanism procedure as well as stakeholder engagement plan and strategy. Isabelle holds a Bachelor in Private Law and is certified in the Fundamentals of Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, as well as in Environmental and Sustainability Solutions through GRI.


Christine Tørklep

Christine Tørklep is a specialist in sustainability strategies for business, with nearly 20 years in the field. Her experience includes Environment, Social and Governance analysis, investments, portfolio management, active ownership and stakeholder relations. She has also worked in consulting and sales within waste management and business development for circular economy, targeting industrial clients in the Nordics.

Christine holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Agder University College, an MSc in Environmental Strategy from the University of Surrey, and an MBA in Management Control from NHH, the Norwegian School of Economics. She is a board member in state owned Statskog and Folketrygdfondet, as well as energy solution startup Greenstat. She is also a member of the Norwegian Board of Technology, and the Climate Advisory Board at the Ministry of Climate and Environment. 

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Dr. Arielle Tozier de la Poterie

Arielle is an interdisciplinary policy analyst and social scientist who conducts applied research for development, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction programs. She has specific expertise in livelihoods analysis, program monitoring and evaluation, participatory methodologies, and climate services. She has also conducted research for UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre on topics such as humanitarian standby mechanisms and horizontal cooperation. She earned her Ph.D in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado Boulder, with a concentration in policy analysis and science and technology studies. She also holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University and a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.

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Christopher Wilson

Christopher is a PhD candidate at University of Oslo in the use of digital technology for citizen-state interaction, with a focus on assessing the quality of interaction for accountability and responsive governance. He has extensive experience of conducting research projects regarding the role of technology in advocacy, transparency and accountability, and organisational development. He has previously provided support in developing innovative digital solutions for the UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre.

Dr. Tadesse Woldemariam Gole

Dr. Gole is a Senior Evaluator in forestry, bio-diversity, and natural resource management. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Forestry, and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resources Management from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has over 20 years of work experience as a researcher, research manager, educator and practitioner in the areas of forestry, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, analysis of ecosystem services, and protected areas and UNESCO Biosphere reserve establishment and management. Dr. Gole has conducted several mid-term reviews and evaluations for The Governance Group in Ethiopia.