In 2013, global experts in international development founded ACT for Performance to operate differently by working with country systems and building on local knowledge, to provide coaching and communicating with clients to identify practical and customized solutions, and to bridge skill and capacity gaps.
Our team of experts offers in-depth, broad, and global expertise in governance, economic planning and public finance management, project management and procurement services, monitoring and evaluation, public sector reforms, institutional development, strategy development, information technology, capacity development and management consultancies.
Mr. Franke Toornstra is a global expert in Public Sector Reforms, in results-based Policy and strategy development, and in Project management. He also has vast experience in Environment and Rural Development. He holds a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Sciences of the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands and taught Environmental sciences at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Mr. Toornstra has over 30 years’ experience in more than twenty countries. After his academic career, he worked with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Senior Policy Adviser and Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Royal Netherlands Embassies in Benin and in Senegal, for the World Bank in Washington as Operations and Aid Effectiveness Adviser, and as Vice President of the Canadian IDEA International Institute. He has led many assignments in the field of public sector reform(s), such as institutional audits of Ministries of Planning, Finance, Budget, and Decentralization; advised on procurement and public finance management and civil service reforms; and led and participated in numerous project and program reviews and evaluations in various sectors. Mr. Toornstra is an acclaimed trainer in his areas of specialization.
Ms. Madeleine Guay has worked as a management consultant in international development for fifteen years in Africa, Asia and Latin America especially in evaluation, management and performance measurement framework. Ms Guay holds a M.Sc. in Economics obtained from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 1994. A native French speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish. She has participated in and led numerous assignments in program and project evaluations and planning, institutional assessments, strategic communications and aid effectiveness. Prior, Ms. Guay worked as a journalist for major newspapers in Quebec, Canada and as a university professor in Mexico.
Yves Birere is a global expert in Economic Management, Public Finance Management, Results-based Budgeting, and Tax and revenue management, both at central and provincial levels, and has undertaken economic research. Yves has broad and proven experience in helping governments and donor-funded programs implement public financial management reforms, poverty reduction programs, and budget support. Over the past ten years he has undertaken extensive consultancies in Africa and the Caribbean. He also worked for the World Bank as Economic and Finance Consultant, where he provided technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of Congo in area of budget reforms, specifically with respect to the implementation of budgeting instruments in the provinces. Mr. Birere provides training in his fields of specialization.
Ms. Allyson Quijano’s primary areas of expertise include Democracy & Governance and International Law and Citizen Engagement. She earned her B.A. in French Studies from Louisiana State University and holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has over twelve years of experience advising governments, organizations and multilateral donors on strategic interventions development practices. With the Carter Center she worked on Democracy & Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia, and with the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Senegal and recently in the Middle East with UNDP. Ms. Quijano is a licensed attorney in the United States, where she inter alia worked with the United States Tax Court on federal tax matters.
Mr. Albert Bahati is a trained Information System Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems of the National Conservatory in Arts and Métiers in Paris (CNAM). He has a solid experience in Project Management, Information System design and implementation, Software development, Information System Audits, Database conception, and Biometrics. Mr. Bahati has over fifteen of experience in several countries including Guinea, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, France and Slovakia, among others, where he provided consulting services on information systems, conducted IT-audits, and designed value-added IT-solutions. He has worked for several years at the international level as Project Manager, System Engineer, Senior Software Developer, Database Architect and Administrator for Governments and private companies.
Dr Camille Eric Kouam is a Health and Nutrition Expert. He is a Medical Doctor, and he holds a Master in Public Health, School of Public Health of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and another Master in Nutrition from Gent University, Belgium. He is currently finalising a PhD in international nutrition at the University of Montreal, Canada. Dr Kouam has over ten years of experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health and nutrition interventions in low- middle-income countries of Africa and Asia. He has worked with United Nation agencies and other multilateral institutions and NGOs, developing capacities and strategies for strengthening the health systems and community structures, the goal being to improve access to health services to the most vulnerable.
Mr. Charles Pouliot is an expert in agribusiness enterprise management and agricultural project management. He holds an MBA in Agribusiness and a B.Sc. in Bio-Agronomy from University Laval in Québec (1991). Fluent in French, in English and Spanish, he managed businesses, projects and worked as a consultant in international development in Africa, Asia and South America. He also developed expertise in agricultural financing and microfinance. His assignments included the development of value chains in various agribusiness sectors. Prior, he successfully managed agro-enterprises and served a credit account manager for the largest Bank in Canada. Mr. Pouliot has an entrepreneurial vision and a strong understanding of organizational development.
Ms. Karin van Steensel is a research specialist and holds a Masters in Theology and a Bachelor in Contemporary History from Utrecht University. She has more than 20 years of experience in market- and policy research in various fields and currently supports several private companies and government institutions. Ms. Van Steensel has worked in international and intercultural contexts and has a long-time expertise in the design, distribution and analysis of online surveys. She has conducted many policy assessment surveys and has taught Methodology and Technics of Social Science Research at Utrecht University. As an economic researcher for the organizations SMO and GfK, she gained in-depth knowledge of the small and medium enterprise sector in the Netherlands, and participated in various projects that sought to stimulate internationalization and trade with developing countries.
Mr. Ronald Staring holds a Bachelor degree in International Business Administration obtained in 1984 from the University of Applied Sciences, Business Administration and Financial Management in Enschede, the Netherlands. Fluent in English and German, he has worked over the last twenty-five years as a Financial Manager, Controller and Consultant for several international organizations. He has an extensive experience in the financial management of projects, in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Gloire M. Kabemba, an agricultural engineer, is an expert in Plant Biotechnology, Environment, Renewable Energies and Waste. Mr. Kabemba works with public institutions and collaborated with international development institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he has worked as Agro-Industry Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock and as National Coordinator of the Biogas Waste Development Project with financing from UNDP, IFAD and STAREC. Mr. Kabemba is member of the National Steering Committee of the UNDP Small Grant Program (SGP), and of the thematic group of experts on the follow-up of NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) and LEDS (Low Emission Development Strategies) in the DRC. He has consultancy, research, and training skills.
Ms. Fernández Jaramillo holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate diploma from Laval University in Program and Project Management. She also holds an International Degree in Governance, Political Management and Public Management from CAF Development Bank Latin America and George Washington University. With over 15 years of professional experience in 7 countries across the Americas, she has worked on assignments for various international organizations, such as UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA, UNDP, AECID, World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. As a public servant in Panama, Ms. Fernández Jaramillo developed an excellent track record as manager of projects related to housing, education, social protection, health, food security, and agricultural development while building strong alliances with civil society organizations.
Mr. Juan Abreu Méndez has 20 years of consultancy experience in Results-based management, in South-America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He holds a degree in Agro-Economics from the Central University of Venezuela, and a M.Sc. in Project Management from the University of Quebec, where he currently is a candidate for a Doctorate in Business Administration. Mr. Mendez speaks Spanish, French, and English, and has worked in all phases of the public investment management cycle and supported governments in designing, programming, implementing, and monitoring programs and projects. Mr. Méndez has also delivered project management training and served as project director and expert in agriculture, international trade and social development.
Ms. Jeanne Bouchel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications obtained from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a Certificate in International Cooperation obtained from the University of Montreal, and is fluent in French and English, the former being her maternal language.
Ms. Bouchel has had various experiences in communication assignments, including one in Nepal, which allowed her to sharpen her analytic and editing skills, along with good coordination and management capacities. Moreover, Ms. Bouchel lived 10 years in two Sub-Saharan African countries, Chad and Senegal, where she developed the sense for diverse cultural contexts and the ability to operate in multi-cultural teams.
Ms. Bouchel recently joined ACT for Performance’s team as a Programme Officer, and has acted as a Research Assistant on an End-of-Project Evaluation for UNICEF in Ethiopia as her first project experience in the firm.
Graduated from the ICHEC school (Belgium) in Commerce and Business Administration, with a degree in Economics, and a certification in Project management, Ms. Julie Tshilombo is an experienced management consultant in the private sector and is currently focusing on project and program monitoring and evaluation, and human resource management and capacity building. She has participated in several projects to this end in various administrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the Ministries of Mines, Finance, Health, Education and the Civil Service. She also coordinates community development projects.