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.
Managing partner at ACT for Performance, Madeleine has been working for over twenty years in support of development organisations in the field of studies, programme and policy evaluation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She works for governments, international and multilateral organisations and aid agencies, such as the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in various fields such as health, the private sector, governance and aid effectiveness. Versatile and multidisciplinary, Ms. Guay worked at the beginning of her career as a professor of economics at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Prior, Ms. Guay worked as a journalist for major newspapers in Quebec, Canada, and as a university professor in Mexico.
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.
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.
Alain Onibon, PhD
PhD.Institutional Economist Economist
Dr. Alain Onibon is an institutional economist. He has a background of a agriculture engineer and holds a PhD in institutional analysis and development from Radboud University in Nijmegen - the Netherlands. He has more than 25 years of experience in the formulation, implementation support, troubleshooting, and evaluation of development projects and programs, in many countries. He has a good knowledge of international development agencies (multilateral and bilateral), as he has worked (as staff) and performed consultancy missions for many of them. His expertise covers a wide range of areas, including agriculture value chains, natural resources management, capacity building, advisory services to governments and inter-governmental agencies, territorial development, decentralization and devolution, policy support and mainstreaming implementation instruments into policies. He has also held high level managerial and representation functions, which give him a solid experience in team management, communication, negotiation, and problem solving. Dr. Onibon is committed to promoting locally grounded institutions as the vehicle for genuine and sustainable development.
Alfonso Cabrillo Losada
M. Alfonso Cabrillo Losada, ingénieur civil, possède une longue expérience de travail dans les domaines des investissements publics en infrastructures, le développement institutionnel et l'analyse des politiques et stratégies dans les pays en développement. Après avoir travaillé avec succès pendant une dizaine d’années en tant que gestionnaire de portefeuille d'infrastructures (administrateur) du Fonds européen de développement dans diverses régions d'Afrique subsaharienne, M. Cabrilllo a développé de nouvelles idées dans les domaines de la transformation urbaine et de la mobilité urbaine qu’il a mis en œuvre à Maputo, au Mozambique, avec plusieurs partenaires. Il est un consultant régulier auprès de grandes institutions de développement telles que la Banque mondiale, l'AFD, le FENU et l'EKN.
Alfonso est familier avec les approches sectorielles et les réformes institutionnelles et a l'habitude de participer au niveau diplomatique et ministériel au dialogue politique, à la coordination et aux négociations. Il a produit et contribué à produire des évaluations, des notes politiques et des études de faisabilité dans les secteurs de l'urbanisme, du transport, de l'énergie, de l'eau et de l'assainissement, avec un accent particulier sur les solutions du secteur privé et l'adaptation au changement climatique.
Elizabeth Dyke, PhD
Health and Social Development Expert
Dr. Elizabeth Dyke has worked in health and social development for 25 years, with the past decade as a consultant. Her consulting work includes evaluation, research, and capacity development in areas such as HIV, sexual and reproductive health services, nutrition, gender, health systems strengthening, neglected tropical diseases, maternal and child health, and child, early and forced marriage. Her clients include various UN agencies, donors, governments, and NGOs. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa, and Bachelor and Master degrees in Sociology (focused on gender) from University of Alberta and Dalhousie University respectively. Dr. Dyke has worked on projects in many countries including Canada, the US, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Congo, Egypt, Turkey, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand. She has also remotely worked on projects in Burundi, Senegal, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.
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. Jacques Lefèvre holds a M.Sc. in Computer Sciences of Namur University in Belgium. He has over 28 years of experience in the field of information technology in 25 countries. Having worked for both the public and private sectors, he has extensive experience in supporting development teams with a focus on the design of data structures, the implementation of databases and data management. He is acting as the team leader of the data management team on our UNICEF Third-party monitoring projects in fragile states, including Afghanistan.
Information technology manager
Mr. Diop is an experienced information technology manager with more than 13 years of excellent career records and managing business operations and promoting organizational growth over 11 countries in Africa. He has an extensive experience in leading team and motivating them for performance. He has experience in digital transformation strategy from the experimental level to scaling up. He also has a strong experience in fintech and mobile money service in particular and their impact on client relationships. He is a result-oriented professional with abilities to adapt to new technology and overcome problems. He has demonstrated skills in meeting business goals and strategies of the company.
Mr. Diop acts as ACT for Performance representative in Dakar, Senegal.
M. Mark Van Dorp
Economist: Expert in sustainable economic development programs in emerging markets and fragile and conflict-affected areas
Mark van Dorp is an economist with 25 years of professional experience in the field of Value Chain Analysis, Private Sector Development, sustainable economic development, economic opportunity mappings, responsible business, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, conflict-sensitive business, conflict analysis and peace building, with a focus on complex settings. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Mark has extensive experience in delivering sustainable economic development programs in emerging markets and fragile and conflict-affected areas (including Chad, DRC, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan, Colombia, Iraq and Lebanon) and has carried out several large evaluations and impact studies. Mark has also supported Small & Medium enterprises and smallholder producers in developing their value chains. He has worked in projects funded by multinational companies, universities (including London School of Economics), NGOs (SOMO, Oxfam Novib, ICCO, ActionAid), multilateral institutions (World Bank Group/IFC, UNDP, UNHCR, IOM), the Dutch and Swedish government and the European Union. In 2017, Mark founded Bureau Van Dorp, a consultancy firm specializing in responsible business and private sector development in emerging markets and fragile and conflict-affected settings. He also works as an associate expert with ACT for Performance.
Public Health Expert
Mr. Poudel is a Public Health Expert with educational background in Physiology (University of Alberta, Canada) and Human Nutrition (Charles Sturt University, Australia). He has about ten years of work experience in Nepal, Thailand, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa, Australia and Canada and extensively worked with UNICEF, WHO, NGOs and Government agencies focussing on planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation projects to strengthen the health systems and community-based interventions. He has authored several peer reviewed publications and his research expertise lies in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition, tobacco policy and health policy making processes.