MICI Roster of Experts


Benavides González, Manuel

Spanish citizen
Manuel has professional experience at both, national and international levels, most notably managing a water company in Uruguay, working on an irrigation transformation project in Honduras, and evaluating UNOPS projects in Peru. He has undertaken technical and managerial work in all areas of civil engineering and in related areas such as: construction and construction supervision; infrastructure design and management; watershed planning; and specialized external consulting. He has carried out multiple cost-benefit financial analyses for public and private investment projects. Some of the companies he has worked with include: Cerdá Institute, el Puerto El Musel, Euler International, Prointec (Grupo Indra), Grupo El Caleyo, Aquagest Andalucía, Aguas de la Costa (Grupo Agbar), and Huarte y Ferrovial.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Road, Canal, and Port Engineering from the University of Cantabria, as well as an MBA from the IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

His native language is Spanish, and he is also fluent in English.

Fernández Carrillo, Beatriz

Spanish citizen
Beatriz is an independent consultant who has worked with numerous civil society organizations, the private sector, and government agencies in: Colombia, Honduras, United States, Spain, Jordan, Morocco, and the Philippines. She has served as an advisor to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on human rights and civil society, representing the organization at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and also worked with the UN Women Office for Jordan and Syria on the creation of a National Civil Society Advisory Group.

She holds a law degree from the University of Sevilla, a certificate in United States Law from the University of California, certification as an expert on Foreign Trade from the Fundación Centro de Estudios Comerciales, and two Master’s degrees: one in Development, Humanitarian Aid, and Immigration from Carlos III University in Madrid; and an LLM in International Law, which she earned from American University as a Fulbright Scholar. She is currently pursuing her doctorate.

Beatriz is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in English, and proficient in French.

Flynn, Sharon

United States citizen
With global experience in the extractive, construction, manufacturing, forestry and non-profit sectors, Sharon is an Industry Fellow with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Director of Artara Consulting in San Francisco (USA).

She has led teams working in community, government, and stakeholder engagement, land acquisition, integrated social and environmental management, and business development. She has experience in social investment, public-private agreements, local employment and enterprise development, and social auditing. She has worked with the companies Rio Tinto, Newmont Mining, Bechtel, and Grupo Nueva, as well as with the non-governmental organizations such as such as Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy, among others.

Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Language Studies and a Master’s in International Relations, and has undertaken additional coursework and certifications in auditing, accounting, and reporting.

While her native language is English, she is fluent in Spanish and has knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and French.

Gómez, Pamela

United States 
Pamela has carried out different roles in a variety of organizations. At the International Trade Union Confederation, she worked to advise and train unions on the labor rights policies of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). At Human Rights Watch, she conducted research and authored publications on human rights violations in civil law systems. Prior to that, at Oxfam International she served as an advisor on International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies regarding inequality, taxation, universal access to health care, education, and social protection. At the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, she headed a project on access to information, focusing on government budget information and inclusive and accountable budget systems.

Pamela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University and has a Master’s in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Her native language is English; she is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and speaks conversational Russian.

Guzmán, Julio

Costa Rican citizen
Julio is an agricultural economist with broad professional experience. He has worked at a number of different organizations such as NGOs, and development agencies in Central America, North America, Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has worked as the manager, director, and general coordinator of start-up companies and projects related to the productive sector, project evaluation, entrepreneurship development and “clusters,” agriculture (promotion of agricultural exports), corporate social and environmental responsibility, rural development, tourism, environment, and natural resources. He has also taught courses at different universities and participated in workshops and seminars in his area of expertise.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Costa Rica. He has a Master’s in Natural Resources Economics and Policy and a post-graduate degree in International Development Policy from Duke University. He also has a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Protection from the University of Giessen.

Julio’s native language is Spanish, and he also speaks English and German.

Novoa Jezler, Ione

Brazilian citizen
Ione is a consultant with an extensive background in environmental licensing at federal, state, and municipal levels. She has worked with international corporations and served as an advisor to institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. In 1996, she started her own company, NOVOA Planejamento e Consultoria. She has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including thermal and hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines and electrical power distribution systems, road expansion and improvement, the recovery of urban centers and historical heritage, port and airport facilities, removal and resettlement plans, tourism and recreation projects, social and environmental management plans, social conflict management, sanitation projects (water, wastewater, and solid waste), and watershed management plans.

Ione holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, a Master’s in Environmental Sciences, and a post-graduate degree in Environmental Management and Business in the Energy Sector from the University of Sao Paulo FAU-USP. She also studied Business Administration at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation.

Her native language is Portuguese; she also speaks English, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

McBree, James

British citizen
James has professional experience working in multicultural and interdisciplinary environments in areas related to climate change, conservation, and sustainable development involving key actors in the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental and civil society organizations. He has worked on the development, technical coordination, implementation, and monitoring of social and environmental projects at local, national, regional, and international levels.

James has worked as a secondary school teacher in Bolivia, as a resident biologist at the Amboró National Park, and as a Conservation Officer with the British Trust for Conservation. He has also worked for various United Nations agencies, Global CAD – Center of Partnerships for Development, Corporación Grupo Randi Randi, Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeir, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth, a Master’s in Social Environmental Studies from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Quito, and a diploma in Economic Valuation of Ecosystems with Emphasis on Forests from the Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciencias de Peru.

James speaks Spanish in addition to his native English.

Oliveira, Philippe Hanna de Almeida

Brazilian citizen 
Philippe is a consultant whose professional experience includes working in the extractive industry sector and with NGOs on issues of corporate social responsibility and relationships with indigenous communities in Latin America. He has been a member of the IAIA (International Association for Impact Assessment) since 2012. He has authored numerous publications and taught courses and conferences on human rights, land acquisition, resettlement, business ethics, sustainability and social impact, environmental conflicts, risk management, energy projects, and research.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Master’s in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, as well as an MBA in Project Management from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation. He is currently finishing his PhD in Cultural Geography and Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Groningen (his doctoral thesis is on the social impact of large-scale projects on indigenous peoples and the environmental licensing process in Brazil).

Philippe’s native language is Portuguese; he is also fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Dutch.

Restrepo, Pedro J.

Colombian citizen
Pedro’s broad national and international professional experience in the private sector, government, and academia has taken him to more than 25 countries on all five continents, developing water resources and applying advanced hydrological techniques to projects for clients including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, numerous government agencies, and private sector organizations. He has been an independent consultant to specialized engineering companies, worked as a meteorological scientist for the U.S. government, and served as an expert witness in two court cases. In addition, he has worked as an independent software developer, taught classes, and authored various publications in his area of expertise.

He attended MIT as a Fulbright scholar where he earned a Master’s degree in the same field, and later completed a PhD in Hydrological Systems and Water Resources.

In addition to his native Spanish, Pedro speaks fluent English and has some knowledge of French.

Rolón Sánchez, José Eduardo

Mexican citizen
Rolón is the founder and executive director of Causa Natura A.C., a Mexican non-profit organization dedicated to applied research for improved natural resource management. He has experience in public policy analysis related to industry, biodiversity, forests, and marine resources; having held leadership positions in both, civil society and government institutions. He has served as the Director of Public Policy at Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C., Public Policy Research Director at the National Ecology Institute of Mexico, and as an Advisor to the Office of the Undersecretary for Natural Resources of Mexico. Rolón was awarded the National Social Research and Public Opinion Prize by the Mexican House of Representatives for his research work in 2011 and 2014. He has also taught classes, published various articles, and spoken at different conferences and seminars.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Autonomous National University of Mexico, and has a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate in Development and Environment from the University of East Anglia.

Rolón is fluent in Spanish and English, and has intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

Rudolf Arp, Björn

German citizen
Björn is a founding partner of Aparicio, Arp & Associates, and an Associate Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law specializing in international dispute resolution. He works on international human rights protection and the protection of investments in Latin America. His research and publications cover issues of human rights, arbitration, and international financial institutions. In addition, he has lectured at conferences and seminars at various Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. universities. He is also a media commentator on international legal affairs.

He holds a law degree from the University of Alicante, an LLM in U.S. Law from American University, and an LLM in International Human Rights Protection from the University of Alcalá. He also has a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Alcalá.

He is a native speaker of German, and is also fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Ruiz-Chiriboga, Oswaldo R.

Ecuadorian citizen
Oswaldo has worked at various organizations in Costa Rica, including the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and CEJIL (Center for Justice and International Law). Since 2008, he has been a member of the group PRUJULA (Latin-American Legal Pluralism) and of the editorial board of the Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal. In 2012, he won the Human Rights Essay Contest sponsored by the Washington College of Law at American University. In addition, he has authored a number of publications.

Oswaldo earned his law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He has a diploma in Human Rights and Democracy from that same university, as well as diplomas in Legal Argument and in Human Rights from the University of Alicante and the Simón Bolívar Andean University, respectively. He also has a Master’s degree in International Criminal Law from the University of Granada, and another in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from the University of Utrecht. He is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Ghent.

His native language is Spanish; he is also fluent in English and has basic knowledge of French.

Russell, Helen

British citizen
Helen is an advisor and consultant on social issues. She has experience working with a number of organizations, including British government agencies responsible for international development and export credit, an NGO, and an energy consulting company. She has been involved in projects and issues ranging from: large-scale resettlement processes, indigenous peoples in the Arctic, communications, human rights and construction safety in the Middle East, European transportation laws, and environmental conflicts.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and European Studies, and a Master’s degree in Development Planning in Multicultural Environments in Transition from the University College London. In addition, she has extensive training in project finance and management in the gas and petrochemical industry, repopulation, biodiversity, gender sensitivity, and other areas.

While Helen’s native language is English, she is also fluent in Spanish, proficient in French, and conversational in Romanian and Bosnian.

Tejeiro Gutierrez, Guillermo

Colombian citizen
Guillermo is a consultant whose practice focuses on advising clients on such issues as administrative environmental authorizations, environmental sanctions proceedings, analysis of environmental and energy regulations, and the planning and structuring of the environmental components of projects. He has professional experience at various law firms, principally in Latin America and Europe, where he has served in different capacities as a legal advisor responsible for matters related to environmental and energy law, property, and the mining and energy sector. In addition, he is a professor and researcher; he has taught courses related to his field of expertise at different universities, and has authored various publications on topics in administrative and environmental law, renewable energy, and the green economy.

Guillermo holds a law degree and an LLM from the University of the Andes, a Master’s in Environmental and Energy Law from the Catholic University of Leuven, and a diploma in National and International Environmental Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

In addition to his native language of Spanish, Guillermo is proficient in English and Portuguese, and speaks intermediate German.

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