• TI Network Partners

Ibrahim Bangura

Ibrahim has over ten years of experience in the fields of DDR, child protection monitoring and rehabilitation and research. He currently heads the Sierra Leone office of TI, leading the organisation’s projects in Sierra Leone and other African countries. Ibrahim has worked extensively on gender issues with a special focus on Gender Based Violence in every district of Sierra Leone, forming networks and organising sensitisation programmes for the eradication of harmful, traditional practices such as female genital mutilation. He has worked with female victims of war and those marginalised by the DDR process for reasons of gender and age, and has organised seminars on gender discrimination and differentiation. He also has thorough knowledge in project evaluation and management. He has taken part in many training programmes organised by the UN and the EU both as a trainer and trainee, holds a BA in political science and history, a Master degree in gender studies (conflict and human rights bias), a Master degree in international development studies and is currently finalising his PhD in economics.

Irma Specht

Irma is an anthropologist with 25 years of experience in the transition processes from conflict to peace. She has an international reputation in the field of socio-economic reintegration, youth employment, gender and conflict transformation. Seven years of field and headquarter experience in the ILO programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction has provided her with expertise on employment issues. She brings solid expertise in capacity development, conflict analyses, strategy and programme design, and applied research. Her record as a researcher and writer is illustrated in her long publications list. Additionally, Irma brings extensive experience in facilitation and design of tailor-made training courses and materials.

Luca Azzoni

Luca Azzoni is a social scientist, with extensive experience in employability and skills development. Working for the ILO since 1988 has allowed him to accumulate professional experience in more than 50 countries, focusing on human development through skills and competencies for employment and self-employment. He has contributed to the skills component of UN, ILO, international, national, regional and sectoral development frameworks and he has led or been part of several programming, assessment and evaluation missions on employability and skills development. He provides expertise on human capital development (including employability and employment policy analysis and reform), skills system development, financing, integration, macroeconomics, HRD policies and programmes, public and private employment services, applied research and access to skills and inclusion of vulnerable groups. Luca has managed operations, projects and programmes including, capacity building and technical assistance to national, regional and local institutions and social stakeholders. He produced several publications. Luca started his career as an HR consultant for private companies and local governments in Italy.

Pieter Dorst

Pieter Dorst is an economist who brings over 30 years of experience in development programming. He holds a Masters in Development Economics and Agricultural Economics and a Master’s in Public Administration. He held an expert position at the ILO in Thailand and was for many years Head of Development Cooperation in Yemen, Tanzania and Rwanda at the Dutch Embassy. He brings in expertise in local economic development and development programming in a fragile and conflict context. He was instrumental in designing a regional program in the Great Lakes region focussing on enhancing peace and stability. Eastern Congo was the main focus area of that program with investments in food security and water with the objective of economic recovery and stability. In Rwanda has was instrumental in developing together with the local government, universities and vocational institutes a national vocational training program financed by the Netherlands to the tune of 12 mln. Euro. He also has a wide knowledge of result-based management as well as monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, he has a wide experience in facilitation and designing training courses.

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