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
Director

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
Director

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.

Matthieu Dillais
Director

Matthieu Dillais oversees Altai’s activities in Eastern Africa. Matthieu has worked with Altai for the past eight years in Kenya, East DRC, Burundi, Afghanistan and Libya, and set up Altai’s Somalia operations in 2013.

He leads large M&E and research projects for the World Bank, US, UK, and EU government agencies focusing on security, governance and public services delivery to vulnerable populations in fragile and conflict affected states..

Currently, Matthieu is co-leading a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) programme for the UK Conflict, Security, Stability Fund (CSSF) teams in 12 countries of Eastern Africa, setting up systems that can effectively support and account for the complex programmes delivered through contributing UK government agencies. He also works as M&E Lead on the EU Devco Monitoring and Learning System (MLS) for the €1Bn EU Trust Fund in the Horn of Africa, and is directing a series of projects on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Mixed migration management.

Prior to joining Altai, Matthieu assessed the impacts of renewable energy private equity investments in India and Europe. In parallel, he contributed to set up an association that connects international corporate law firms with NGOs worldwide to support their advocacy programs.

Matthieu holds an MA in Political Science with a specialization in Sustainable Development and Risks from the French Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris) and an MA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Sorbonne University.

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.

Kamran Parwana
Project Director

Kamran Parwana’s main areas of expertise are Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), private sector development and capacity building.
Kamran has managed several large-scale data collection and analysis efforts for development and stabilization programs in the least permissive districts of Afghanistan, mapping the dynamics of priority areas to the central government of Afghanistan and to the international community. Kamran has also been involved in several market sector assessments of complex economic sectors including construction and agriculture with a view to improve the programming of on-going and future private sector development endeavors.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Kamran worked primarily in the education and development sectors, teaching at universities in both the United States and Afghanistan, and has participated in innovative online teaching programs.
Kamran holds an MA in Political Science from Northeastern University with a focus on International Relations, and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Burnard
Project Director

Matthew Burnard is a Project Director at Altai Consulting and Deputy Regional Representative for North Africa.

He has managed primary research and consulting projects on a variety of political and security issues in Libya, including assessing the drivers of violent extremism among vulnerable young men in western Libya, supporting the development of a strategic communications platform for Libya’s transitional government, and analysing the nexus between organised crime and ethnic conflict in south-west Libya. Through this, he has developed considerable expertise in the design and implementation of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in challenging environments.

Matthew previously worked as a management consultant for PwC in the United Arab Emirates, where he worked with GCC governments on public finance, economic development and public sector reform. Before that he worked for Control Risks, advising international companies on strategic and operational decisions in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, and South Sudan. He began his career as a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Matthew holds a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from Cambridge University and an MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar. He speaks Arabic.

Anne-Elisabeth Costafrolaz
Project Manager and Deputy Country Manager for Somalia

Anne-Elisabeth Costafrolaz is a Project Manager and Deputy Country Manager for Somalia, based in Nairobi with frequent travel in the Horn of Africa.
Anne-Elisabeth is a socio-economic research specialist, focusing on governance, state-building and public service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states. Through her work, she has developed a strong expertise in project management and quantitative and qualitative analysis, and she has contributed to the development of cutting-edge research methodologies to collect and analyze information.
Over the past four years with Altai, she has overseen a broad range of research and strategic consulting assignments to support aid, development and stabilization programs funded by major donors including the World Bank, USAID, DFID and UN agencies. These assignments included several large-scale data collection and analysis programmes in complex environments, including in the least permissive districts of Somalia. Anne-Elisabeth supervised the Somali High Frequency Survey for the World Bank, a nationwide quantitative survey and capacity building exercise with government statistical authorities, and led the Somali Mobile Money Ecosystem Research, also for the World Bank.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Anne-Elisabeth participated in the impact evaluation of a school-based HIV education program in Cameroon. She also worked for an independent consultancy specialized in applied statistics and econometrics, Eki:metrics, and volunteered for an NGO in Bolivia, assisting in the implementation of microfinance projects.
Anne-Elisabeth holds a dual Master’s degree from HEC Paris and from ENSAE (Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance), as well as a research Master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris (Paris Institute of Political Science) and Ecole Polytechnique, with a specialization in development economics, public policies and economic policy-making.

Henri van den Idsert
Project Manager

Henri van den Idsert is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main areas of expertise are M&E, capacity building and research. Based in Kenya, Henri supports a range of public policy and corporate research projects in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.
Prior to joining Altai, Henri worked with NGOs in South Sudan, and also worked with UNDP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Henri holds an MA in Advanced Development Studies from the Radboud University and an MA in Economic Development from the University of Amsterdam.

Flora Vever
Project Manager

Flora is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. Based in South Sudan, her main areas of expertise are M&E and research in development economics and education. In particular, Flora led an impact evaluation of a DFID-funded Emergency Cash Transfer Programme in South Sudan. She was also engaged in several research studies, notably a study on youth, migration and the labour market in Somalia for the International Organization for Migration.
Prior to joining Altai Consulting, Flora worked as a Junior Policy Analyst for the OECD Development Centre. She conducted in-depth studies on the Latin American countries’ education systems, aiming at providing policy makers with quality research and recommendations.
Flora holds a master in Finance and a master in International Economics from the University Paris-Dauphine.

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.

Helen Seese
Project Manager

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).

Anne-Claire Muller
Project Manager

Anne-Claire Muller is Project Manager at Altai Consulting.
She is currently leading projects combining corporate strategy, road to market and evaluation in Africa and in South Asia. Anne-Claire has already covered a wide range of sectors such as telecom, digital financial services, agriculture and consumer goods for clients such as CGAP, Unilever, Yara and the Gain Foundation.
Before joining Altai Consulting, Anne-Claire was a project manager for a French NGO in Ivory Coast, developing professional training for entrepreneurs and youth, and a consultant for the African Renewable Energy Initiative.
Anne-Claire graduated from Centrale Paris (France), one of the leading engineer schools in Europe and holds an MPA from University College London (UK).

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.

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.

Henry Squier
Project Manager

Henry Squier is a Project Manager at Altai Consulting. His main areas of expertise are M&E and qualitative research in fragile and conflict-affected states. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Henry carries out specialised informative research and M&E focussed on security sector reform, stabilisation and governance mechanisms. Prior to joining Altai, Henry was a security 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 from the University of Leeds in Conflict, Development and Security.

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.

Hugo Ribadeau Dumas
Consultant

Hugo is a Consultant for Altai Consulting. Based in Kabul, his expertise primarily encompasses governance, urban development, public services delivery and monitoring & evaluation of development projects. Hugo previously worked for the Aga Khan Foundation and AFD. Throughout various assignments across India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, he has developed a solid understanding of participatory and inclusive governance mechanisms in fragile environments. Hugo holds a Master’s degree in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris (France), as well as a BA in Hindi from INALCO (France). He can speak French, English, Hindi, Urdu, Bangla and has basic knowledge of Farsi.

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.