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Laurent Ruedin is a social anthropologist and physicist who joined SDC in 2003. He previously worked as a consultant, mainly in Mozambique on community development, empowerment and health promotion. Formerly an Adviser in the Social Development Division, Laurent is currently working as an Adviser in the Quality Assurance and Aid Effectiveness section of SDC, working on poverty and empowerment issues. Laurent's work focuses on ensuring that the result agenda in SDC's operations is oriented towards reducing poverty and inequalities while promoting empowerment.
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HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Gender & Social Equity Coordinator
Jane Carter joined Intercooperation in 1997, and continues to work in this organisation since it merged with HELVETAS to form HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in 2011. At the merger, she took up her current position of Coordinator, Gender and Social Equity, which entails guiding the mainstreaming of gender equality and social equity throughout the organisation through specific thematic inputs, distance coaching, and back-stopping missions to country programmes and individual projects.Having a background in participatory natural resource management, particularly community forestry, her main geographical experience lies in Asia (notably Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan), although she has now has a global geographical remit in her work. Jane has a first class Bachelor’s degree in agricultural and forest sciences from Oxford University, UK, and a doctorate in rural development forestry from the same university.
Tania Rohrer joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Head Office in 2007 as Programme Coordinator for West Africa and subsequently South East Asia after having worked for seven years with GIZ in different Latin American countries on gender and governance issues. In 2011 she joined the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation team in Afghanistan where she currently supports rural livelihood related activities as a programme advisor. Her special interests lie in sustainable livelihoods, economic development, governance, and gender and social inclusion. She holds an MSc in Geography and a Master’s degree in Governance and Human Development.
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Development Policy Coordinator
Bernd Steimann works as a development policy coordinator at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. He received his PhD degree in geography at the University of Zürich in 2010. For his doctoral studies he based his field research in Kyrgyzstan, focussing on rural development and socio-economic disparities, the governance and management of alpine pastures, and processes of post-socialist transformation. From 2002 to 2005 he researched the relations between state and non-state actors in regard to forest management in Northern Pakistan. Before joining HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation he has worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne.
Robin Bartlett Rissi
Robin Bartlett Rissi began working as a webmaster at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in the summer of 2012. She received her Master’s degree in political science and environmental studies at the University of Bern in 2009. Her master’s thesis was on the effect of party systems in Africa and Asia on the quality of democracy. Before joining HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation she worked as an intern and then political advisor at Peace Women Across the Globe, WWF Switzerland and Swiss BirdLife.
Cesar Robles Barragan
Cesar Robles Barragan joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in 2012. He has a background in communications for development in Latin America and Southeast Asia, where he implemented strategies for social change through media and grass-root campaigns. As a BA in Communication Studies, he also collaborates with other organizations on marketing, PR and design. Cesar also worked as a communication specialist trainee for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva.