Altai Consulting leverages a core team of multidisciplinary experts
supported by local staff and networks in the countries where we operate

Rodolphe Baudeau
Lead Partner

Rodolphe Baudeau is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting. He oversees Altai’s large telecom, media, FMCG and industrial development projects in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Rodolphe also works with foundations as well as development agencies and governments on strategic planning, program design, and private sector development.
Rodolphe has directed engagements covering more than 30 different economic sectors in more than 20 countries, allowing him to develop a thorough understanding of the dynamics of emerging markets.

Eric Davin
Lead Partner

Eric Davin is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting, heading Altai’s Public Policy practice.
Eric has worked on a large number of strategic assignments to support aid and development programs funded by major donors such as the World Bank, USAID, DFID, UK FCO, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM and other organizations in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
With more than 10 years of experience in post-conflict countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Libya and the Horn of Africa, Eric has designed a wide array of innovative methodologies to collect and analyze information in the most challenging environments. As such, Eric has led the evaluation effort of several $500m+ programs leading to improved delivery and programming.
Eric has prior experience in strategy consulting and new media advisory in Australia, USA and France, and holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the leading European School of Management, with a Major in Entrepreneurship.

Emmanuel de Dinechin
Lead Partner

Emmanuel is a founder and lead partner of Altai Consulting. His main area of expertise is strategic advisory in emerging markets with a focus on TMT, FMCG & retail, manufacturing, agribusiness and digital financial services. Emmanuel serves a wide range of clients in Africa and in the Middle East, ranging from regional leaders to global players and industry leaders. Emmanuel advises clients on digital transformation, growth strategies (including external growth), due diligence, and road-to-market strategies.
Prior to launching Altai, Emmanuel was a strategy consultant for Monitor Group, a US-based consulting firm.
Emmanuel holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the leading European School of Management, with a Major in Economics. Emmanuel is also a Professor of International Affairs at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), France’s leading school of international relations.

Guillaume de Chorivit

Guillaume de Chorivit’s main area of expertise is strategic advisory, product design and market-entry in the emerging world.
He oversees large strategy consulting assignments in the areas of telecoms and media, financial services, construction materials, FMCG and retail. Guillaume manages projects in Africa, the Middle-East and South Asia for a wide range of international and regional clients.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, he was a strategy consultant at Advention Business Partners, a strategy consultancy, where he dealt extensively with large private ventures and private equity funds, and developed entry-strategy plans and conducted strategic due diligences.
Guillaume worked in Pakistan as the CFO of ACTED, one of the largest European NGOs, and as an analyst for Messier Partners, a French M&A boutique.
He graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), and holds an MSc in Business from Paris Dauphine University.

Geraldine Baudienville

Geraldine Baudienville specialises in international business development, leading large strategy consulting assignments in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Her main areas of expertise are strategic advisory and project financing in emerging markets, accompanying clients willing to enter new markets or to strengthen or expand their existing activities
She has recently led strategy consulting projects for corporate as well as market due diligences for investment funds in a variety of sectors including consumer goods, agri-business, energy, construction, etc.
Géraldine is also very much involved in Altai Consulting’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) effort for public and private sector clients such as Unilever, DFID, GOGLA and GSMA to assess and improve programme impact.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Geraldine worked as an investment manager at Agence Française de Développement/Proparco on project and corporate financing in Asia and Africa. She used to be a Research Fellow at the British think tank Overseas Development Institute.
Geraldine holds an MBA from ESSEC-Paris, one of the leading business schools in Europe.

Laurence Hargreaves

Laurence Hargreaves oversees Altai’s activities in Eastern Africa. Laurence has been working with Altai since 2009 and in that time has worked in Afghanistan, Jordan, Libya and Somalia. Laurence is a research, monitoring and evaluation (RME) specialist with over a decade of experience in fragile and conflict-affected environments, and has a passion for conducting RME projects in the field of human security, covering topics such as migration, trafficking, access to justice, perceptions of security, stabilisation and counter-radicalisation. In his current role he oversees Altai’s projects for a range of clients including the UK Government, US Government, EU, the World Bank and UN agencies. From 2016-2018 Laurence worked as an M&E Manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Laurence holds an MA in International Security from King’s College London, an MEng from the University of Cambridge, and a diploma in Islamic Law.

Kamran Parwana

Kamran Parwana heads Altai Consulting’s activities in North Africa and the Sahel leading a team of dedicated researchers working across the regions.

Kamran has produced numerous studies that have resulted in substantive policy change and strong program design, including extensive work on private sector growth in the agriculture, health, construction, and media sectors among others, in South and Central Asia and in North Africa. Leading research and evaluation related to local governance, stabilization, and public service delivery, Kamran has provided key insight on the landscape and dynamics of programming central to the priorities of donor and government actors.

Kamran has been responsible for designing and carrying out large-scale monitoring, evaluation, and learning programs intended to provide not only rigorous oversight and evaluation of activities, but to carefully incorporate insight from M&E activities back into ongoing program implementation. Functionally, these activities have involved extensive fieldwork, including in some cases hundreds of fieldworkers and tens of thousands of visits; mapping and visualization intended to link activities to tangible results; qualitative analysis of program reach, impact, and perception; and strategic assessment and planning to allow implementing partners to better understand roadblocks and enabling factors within their own organization and processes.

Prior to joining the team in North Africa, Kamran led Altai’s office in Afghanistan, conducting research and evaluation in some of the least permissive areas of the country. Kamran’s work in Kabul focused on governance and public service delivery, economic development, media, migration, and infrastructure, among other subjects, resulting in improved policy and stronger development programming.

Sébastien Duhaut
Project Director

Sébastien Duhaut is a Project Director at Altai Consulting specialising in public policy consulting in the MENA region.
His main areas of focus are migration, civil society, media and private sector development. He has managed numerous research projects in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria over the last years, for clients such as UNHCR, UNESCO, WB, AFD and GIZ.
Sébastien has a long experience of living in Arabic speaking countries, having lived seven years in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
Sébastien graduated from HEC Paris (France), Europe’s leading Business School and is fluent in Arabic, Farsi, English and French.

Philibert de Mercey
Project Director

Philibert de Mercey is a social research specialist with ten years of professional experience in strategy consulting and research.
Philibert’s core area of expertise is Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and data management projects.
Philibert has managed large M&E projects including the evaluation of the facilitating partners of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in Afghanistan for the World Bank, and the evaluation of USAID-OTI’s Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative (ASI).
Philibert has developed innovative methodologies and geo-localized tools to capture information and produce solid analytics in frontier countries, and has created several databases and wiki-like search engines to gather program-related information for agencies and governments.
Philibert has also being involved in several poverty eradication programs and was the team leader of the research project “Moving Out of Poverty” conducted by Altai Consulting for the World Bank in Afghanistan, analyzing the dynamics of poverty in rural and urban areas of the country.
Philibert is a Professor in the Master of International Relations program at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris).
He holds an MA in Political Sciences from Sorbonne University.

Jérémie Toubkiss
Project Director

Jérémie Toubkiss’ main areas of expertise are monitoring & evaluation, capacity building and public service delivery in developing and fragile countries. Over the past 15 years, he has worked for various organizations (UNICEF, consultancy companies, NGOs and academic institutions) in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and in HQ/global positions. He has designed and implemented national strategies and programmes as well as M&E and learning systems for and with a diversity of international and national development partners, with a focus on water & sanitation, health, education and humanitarian action. He published in US peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a number of UN publications.
Jérémie holds an international MA in Political Science from Sciences Po Lille (France) and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), and a Master’s degree in Development Evaluation from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France).

Adrian Carriere
Project Director

Adrian Carriere is a Project Director at Altai Consulting and Regional Representative – North Africa
Over the past three years with Altai, he has directed or supported research and consulting assignments for a broad range of clients including the World Bank, USAID, DFID, UN agencies, international NGOs, and foreign governments. Although his primary focus has been on socio-economic research, he has also worked on monitoring and evaluation, fiscal sustainability and budgeting, and capacity building.
Before joining Altai, Adrian worked on programme design and implementation for a French medical NGO and supported research on the effects of conflict on education in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador for the World Bank. He has more than six years of experience working on development in fragile or conflict-affected countries.
Adrian holds an MA in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), with specializations in Security and Development.

Rose Eastwood
Deputy East Africa Manager

Rose Eastwood is a Project Manager and Deputy Director for Altai East Africa, based in Nairobi with frequent travel in the Horn of Africa. Rose’s main areas of expertise are Monitoring and Evaluation, Third Party Monitoring, qualitative research and M&E technical assistance in conflict settings. Her key thematic focus is Governance and Stabilisation. Rose provides ongoing support to the FCO Conflict, Stability and Security Fund’s East Africa Portfolio across four key pillars, M&E technical assistance, research and third party monitoring, evaluations and learning. Prior to joining Altai, Rose worked with IOM East and Horn of Africa, supporting the development of a regional strategy for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and systematising their cross-region approach to M&E for their HoA and Yemen portfolios. Rose holds a Masters in Defence and Security.

Alizée Boutard
Project Manager Senior

Alizée is a Project Manager Senior at Altai Consulting. She has performed market strategy analysis in a variety of sectors including agriculture/agro-industry, consumer goods, telecoms, construction and financial services. Most recently, Alizée managed a research in six emerging markets in Africa and Asia to draw learnings on the design, development and scale of mobile services digitising agricultural procurement from smallholder farmers. She also worked on a market due diligence in Mozambique to advise an investment fund on one of its deals. Alizée is also conducting fieldwork in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, etc.) to advise both private companies and international organisations on their strategy in the region. Before joining Altai, Alizée was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Germany working on company restructuration for one of the leading energy players in Europe. Prior to this, Alizée was Product Marketing manager in the Central European office of a leading French cosmetic company.
Alizée holds a Master’s degree from HEC Paris, Europe’s leading business school, and the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris).
Alizée is fluent in French, English and German and has a good command of Russian.

Helen Seese
Senior Consultant

Helen specializes in applied research that combines qualitative and quantitative tools in the context of development in fragile states, and stabilization missions.
Her specific area of expertise is governance. Helen researches the dynamics that link the various layers of governance and administrative systems, the role of the political economy, and the relationship between formal and informal governance mechanisms. Helen is also interested in the intersection of governance and security, and its implications for state-building.
Helen’s eight years of work experience incorporate a broad range of assignments in formative research, Monitoring & Evaluation, assessments and public opinion polling; during which she worked with clients from the UN, bi-lateral donor agencies (USAID, DFID, DFAT), International NGOs and the military.
Prior to joining Altai’s Afghanistan office in 2015, Helen served as Research Director at EUREKA Research, an Afghanistan-based consultancy, and worked as consultant with GIZ and Adam Smith International.
Helen holds two Masters of Arts – one in Political Science from University of Leipzig (Germany) and a M.A. in ‘Conflict, Security and Development’ from King’s College London (UK).

Henry Squier
Senior Project Manager

Henry Squier is a Senior Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Henry carries out specialized informative research focussed on security sector reform, stabilisation and governance mechanisms in fragile and conflict-affected states in East Africa. Prior to joining Altai, Henry was an analyst for two of Africa’s leading security companies, and previously worked for a strategic advisory company based in London, UK. Henry holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Development and Security.

Catharine Russell
Project Director

Catharine is a Project Director at Altai Consulting. She is a research and MEL specialist with experience consulting on a diverse range of development programmes in stabilisation, economic development, and trade across Africa. Prior to joining Altai, Catharine worked as the M&E lead for a stabilisation programme in Somalia and was the Africa head of M&E for a multinational ethical food label applying fair and environmentally compliant standards for agricultural supply chains across the world. Catharine has worked extensively across Africa for a period of 10 years and is resident in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds an MSc. In Industry, Trade and Development from the University of Manchester and a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford.

Guleid Hassan Dirrir
Project Manager

Guleid Hassan Dirrir is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main focus is M&E and socio-economic research in the Horn of Africa.
Over the past seven years working in Somaliland, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, Guleid has designed advanced M&E protocols and managed large socio-economic projects. Recently he supported a large-scale field-based mapping effort on migration flows from Eastern Africa to North Africa, and participated to a research engagement on community-strengthening programs in Somaliland and in Somalia.
Before working with Altai Consulting, Guleid was an M&E team leader across Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia for national and international NGOs, including the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and CARE international as an external consultant. During his time with DRC, he supervised major assessments for a wide variety of humanitarian and development programs. He has also developed an extensive network of experienced professional researchers that reaches out to each areas of the Somali area.
Guleid has a background in business administration and speaks fluent Somali and Amharic.

Dhanya Williams
Project Manager

Dhanya Williams is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting with six years of experience leading research, assessments, monitoring and evaluations in the East Africa region. She currently works on Altai’s Monitoring and Learning System for the European Union Trust Fund for Africa. Prior to joining Altai, Dhanya worked in Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya for UNHCR, Concern Worldwide and REACH Initiative. During this time, she led M&E and needs assessments ranging from a randomised controlled trial of nutrition programming in northern Burundi to a large-scale multi-agency Joint Multi-Cluster Needs Assessment in Somalia. She holds a Master of Arts in International Security from Sciences Po Paris.

Oliver Reynolds
Project Manager

Oliver Reynolds is Project Manager at Altai Consulting.
Oliver performs research & strategy analysis in a variety of sectors including energy, telecoms and construction. His main area of focus is off-grid solar energy, a sector in which he has led several projects for the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA).
He also works on research assignments for public sector clients such as the World Bank, CGAP or DIAL.
Most recently, Oliver led a market-entry strategy assignment for a construction material producer in a Western African country.
Before joining Altai Consulting, Oliver Reynolds ran projects for a French NGO conducting consulting missions and social impact evaluations for social businesses and NGOs in several countries in Asia and Africa.
Oliver graduated from HEC Paris (France), Europe’s leading Business School and holds a degree from the CEMS Global Alliance, obtained at the Bocconi University in Milan.

Clémence Laevens
Project Manager

Clémence Laevens is Project Manager at Altai Consulting.
Clémence performs strategy analysis and research projects in various sectors such as energy and telecoms.
Before joining Altai Consulting, Clémence worked as an economic analyst for the French Treasury in Thailand and as a project manager in the innovation department of a leading French industrial company. Prior to this, Clémence helped develop a social business in the retail sector for a Filipino NGO.
Clémence holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris, Europe’s leading Business School, and a Master in Public Affairs from the Paris Institute for Political Studies, SciencesPo Paris.

Estelle Briot

Estelle is a Consultant for the Sahel & Lake Chad region, where she specialises on migration issues.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Estelle worked as an Oil & Gas Analyst for the Fitch Group in London, focusing on African & Middle-Eastern energy markets. Estelle holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London’s department of War Studies. She also graduated from the French military Ecole Polytechnique.

Charles Teffo
Project Manager

Charles Teffo is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting.
After a diversified consulting experience in Afghanistan (M&E, strategic design, private sector development), he is now conducting various research projects in the Middle East.
Prior to joining Altai, Charles served as an officer in the Navy and worked as a consultant in public policy strategy and implementation in Paris, successively in Capgemini Consulting and in the French Prime Minister Services.
He holds a master’s degree from the Political School of International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. He is fluent in English, French and intermediate in Arabic.

Tereza Beniakova
Senior Consultant

Tereza Beniakova is an M&E and research specialist focusing on conflict, governance and service delivery in fragile states. In her current role, she contributes to the M&E of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in Eastern Africa for the UK Foreign Office and manages reconciliation and stabilization-oriented research in Somalia. Previously based in South Sudan, she has led on assignments for the World Bank and other key stakeholders in the country.
Prior to joining Altai, Tereza worked on research and development programming in Afghanistan centred around the themes of stabilization, security and governance.

Tereza holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in War Studies from King’s College, London. Tereza is fluent in English and Czech and conversant in French and Russian.

Roxane Zighed
Project Manager

Roxane Zighed is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting, with a specialization in public policy and development in the Horn of Africa and in the MENA region. Her main areas of interest are migration, civil society, and humanitarian response to crises. Through her work, she has built a strong expertise to collect and analyse data in highly challenging contexts, to develop cutting-edge methodologies and contextualized research tools, and to conduct advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis. She has worked on several Altai research projects in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia. She speaks French, English and Arabic. Roxane holds a BA in Social Sciences from Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan, and an MA in Public Policy and Development from Paris School of Economics.

Muhammed Bek
Project Manager

Muhammed Bek’s main areas of expertise are marketing and strategic planning.
Based in Iraq, Muhammed has worked on numerous projects in the telecommunication, FMCGs and retail industries in Iraq. Those included developing strategies for clients to help them respond quickly and efficiently to market changes.
and improve business processes.
Muhammed holds a bachelor degree from the American University of Iraq – Suleimaniyah,majoring in Business and Administration and has a minor degree in IT. He speaks English and Arabic.

Eric Vaughan
Project Manager

Eric Vaughan is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main area of expertise is social science research. Based in Nairobi, Eric implements projects for clients such as the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, with a focus on Sudan and Somalia. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Eric’s projects span a range of topics including migration and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR). Eric holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BSc in Environmental Science from McGill University. He is fluent in both English and French.

Emily Pernet
Project Manager

Emily Pernet is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Emily leads Altai’s socio-economic research in both Somalia and South Sudan, working for clients including UK Government and the World Bank. Prior to joining Altai, Emily was an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellow in Rwanda and in Haiti, where she supported the governments in using evidence and formulating their industrial and trade policies. Emily holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London and a BCom from McGill University. She is fluent in both French and English.

Bruno Kessler
Project Manager

Bruno Kessler is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Based in Kenya, he works on Altai’s Monitoring and Learning System for the Horn of Africa window of the EU Trust Fund. Prior to moving to Nairobi, Bruno worked for the strategy consulting division of Altai in Paris, where he advised on a number of projects both in the private and public sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bruno holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University in Milan and a MSc in Management from ESCP Paris, two of the leading business schools in Europe.

Liban Hussein
Project Officer

Liban Hussein is a Project Officer at Altai East Africa, leading development of Altai’s qualitative data collection tools across the Horn of Africa and in particular in the Somali regions. Liban works on Altai’s research, monitoring and evaluation projects, across both Somalia and Kenya. Liban holds a BA in International Relations as well as an MA in Development Studies from the United States International University -Africa.

Stella Muthoni

Stella Muthoni is an Analyst at Altai Consulting. Based in Nairobi, Stella supports Altai’s work on the DFID-funded Learning and Monitoring Programme Somalia (LAMPS), through collating, cleaning, analysing verification data and drafting verification summary reports. The LAMPS programme conducts third-party monitoring (TPM) and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical assistance on behalf of DFID Somalia. Prior to joining Altai, Stella was a Management Consultant at aCatalyst Consulting where she engaged in research and evaluation, strategy and organisational development. Stella holds a bachelor’s degree from Moi University in Strategic Management.

Mathilde Verdeil
Project Manager

Mathilde is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting, where she developed an expertise on migration and mobility monitoring through M&E systems development, data analysis and field research. She was notably engaged in large data collection efforts in Somalia for the World Bank, before contributing to the development of the initial methodology and frameworks of the EUTF Monitoring & Learning System (MLS). She coordinated the development of quantitative modules of the MLS while conducting a number of field missions to East African countries to produce qualitative research and cases studies.
Prior to joining Altai, Mathilde was an economist at the French Treasury, where she specialized in public spending evaluation. Before that, she was a consultant in the economic branch of the Oliver Wyman Group. She also worked for the World Health Organization in the Philippines.
Mathilde holds a Master in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and a dual undergraduate degree in social sciences and mathematics from Sorbonne Université (UPMC) and Sciences Po Paris.

Christine Awuor
Research Manager

Christine Awuor is a Research Manager with Altai Consulting. Christine supports Altai’s work on the DFID-funded Learning and Monitoring Programme Somalia (LAMPS), where she oversees in-depth research across various programme areas. She has over 7 years’ experience spanning public, private and non-governmental organisations, focusing on strategic planning, research, monitoring and evaluation, organisational development and performance management. Previously Christine headed research and evaluation, and organisational development portfolios for a management consulting firm based in Nairobi. She has also worked with GIZ, USAID Kenya, UNWomen, FEMNET, and Tax Justice Network Africa. Christine holds a double bachelors’ degree in Sociology and English, and is completing her MA in governance and leadership, from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Elijah Kinuthia
Project Officer

Elijah Kinuthia is a Project Officer at Altai Consulting. Elijah has strong expertise in socio-economic research, developing quantitative research tools and analysing big data. Elijah leads Altai’s analysis of data using STATA, R and SPSS, real time monitoring of data quality, coding of questionnaires in SurveyCTO and in the drafting of reports and presentations for projects funded by major donors including the World Bank, USAID, DFID and UN agencies. Elijah holds a bachelor’s degree in Financial Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Emile Rolland
Project Manager

Emile Rolland is the Altai Consulting’s Project Manager for the Sudan, Kenya and Uganda portfolios for Altai’s Monitoring and Learning System (MLS) for the EU Trust Fund in the Horn of Africa region. In this capacity, he monitors data from implementing partners on a quarterly basis – producing reports, providing technical assistance to implementing partners on their M&E systems, and conducting qualitative research. Prior to this role, he worked in the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) as an Associate Expert in the Housing Unit. Emile holds an MSt. in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford, specialising in development politics and urban issues of Karachi, Pakistan.

Gerishom Boiyo

Gerishom Boiyo is an Analyst at Altai Consulting. Based in Nairobi, Gerishom supports Altai’s work on the DFID-funded Learning and Monitoring Programme Somalia (LAMPS), helping to ensure greater accountability, better risk management and improved understanding of programme performance. Prior to Altai, Gerishom was a Project Coordinator for a UK-based charity, and previously worked as a Programme Assistant on a USAID funded project in Kenya. Gerishom holds a bachelor’s degree from Moi University in Business Management as well as a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from Kenya Institute of Management.

Sena Kinati
Project Manager

Sena Kinati is a Project Manager based in Altai’s Addis Ababa office. She focuses primarily on managing Altai’s contribution to the Ethiopia Migration Programme, which involves managing a Rapid Remote Monitoring network, conducting operational research, managing a Real Time Learning platform, and supporting the MEAL framework. Sena has extensive knowledge in the Ethiopian primary education, technical vocational training sector and in multilateral and intergovernmental partnerships. Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Sena worked as the Country Representative for a German NGO for several years, and previously worked as a Project Analyst in Ethiopia. Sena holds a BA in Social Sciences from Latrobe University in Melbourne. She is fluent in Amharic and English.

Sophie Eshete
Project Coordinator

Sophie Eshete is a Project Coordinator based in Altai’s Addis Ababa office. Her main areas of expertise are M&E and research with a particular focus on migration. Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Sophie worked with Mercy Corps Ethiopia to conduct quantitative and qualitative data collection, performed interviews with internally displaced persons on the Ethiopian-Somali border, and reported on success stories across other humanitarian projects across the country. Prior to this, Sophie was a Project Coordinator in the Governance, Security and Justice team at Coffey, where she coordinated large-scale and complex projects in South Sudan, Kenya and Somaliland. Sophie graduated from the University of Kent in the UK, and holds a degree in Politics and International Relations. She speaks fluent Amharic and English.

Saadia Ali
Project Coordinator

Saadia has five years of experience in development, research, and evaluation. She has experience working with displaced affected communities in education and other social sectors like governance, health, economic growth and protection. In some of her most recent roles, Saadia conducted research in border towns in Ethiopia, developing data gathering tools, managing the data collection and providing analysis on the conflict in Moyale and Hudet in the Dawa Zone of the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Saadia also was among the team that coordinated research in the Somali region of Ethiopia to investigate and understand better migration managements focusing on information provision and capacity support for local CSOs on safe migration. Saadia holds a Master of Arts in Communications for Development (C4D) from the United States International University-Africa and a bachelor’s degree in international Relations. Her strength lies in building capacities of people within the communities she serves, which in turn motivates her to continue contributing towards development.

Olympe Julienne
Project Manager

Olympe is a Project Manager at Altai – Middle East. She has eight years of experience working on programmes in the MENA region. She brings extensive experience designing and delivering research projects for donors including the UE and the UK Government.
Based in Beirut and in Amman for the past four years, Olympe managed several research and M&E projects in Syria and Lebanon.
Olympe holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences from the French university Sciences-Po Paris. She is fluent in English and French.

Hugo Le Blay

Hugo Le Blay is a Consultant at Altai Consulting, where he has worked on projects in the fields of migration, stabilization, economics and M&E. In his current role, he contributes to the Monitoring and Learning System for the Horn of Africa window of the EU Trust Fund, focusing on South Sudanese and regional programmes. Throughout assignments in Somalia, he has supervised large quantitative and qualitative surveys aiming at generating insights on sensitive topics such as engagement and disengagement from violent extremism. Hugo holds a Master of Science in Management from Essec Business School with a specialization in social entrepreneurship and innovation.