Environmental Legal and Policy Consultant
Sebastien is an international environmental law and policy professional working on the development and implementation of environmental law and policy at both international and national levels.
His substantive expertise includes climate change, forest, land-use and natural resource governance, REDD+, international wildlife management and trade. His expertise also includes designing safeguard frameworks linked to development finance.
Sebastien has experience carrying out legal and policy analysis, research and drafting, project and team management, as well as capacity building and facilitating stakeholder consultations. He has also worked in several international negotiations, including UNFCCC and CITES, supporting governments and NGOs in developing and implementing their lobbying strategies.
He is fluent in English and French and has worked for clients that include the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the UN REDD Programme, the European Forest Institute, SNV, WWF, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the Franz Weber Wildlife Foundation. Sebastien has lived in Vietnam (2 years), and worked in Bhutan, Pakistan, Ghana, Kenya and the Republic of Congo.
Environmental and Social Policy Consultant
Ugo is an International safeguard and policy specialist with experience working on social and environmental safeguard processes in the forest and land use sectors in +15 countries, at the national and sub-national level with governments, local communities, indigenous groups, civil society and private sector.
His expertise includes climate change policy, REDD+, forests, land-use and natural resource governance and safeguards. He has proven experience in policy and legal analysis, social and environmental impact/risk screenings and assessments, development of safeguard management frameworks/plans and monitoring systems, stakeholder consultations and capacity building, project evaluation and due diligence for a variety of partners and funders including World Bank, UNDP, IADB, GIZ, CI, SNV, FAO, KfW, CAFI in the capacity of expert and team leader.
He is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and experience working in/on Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Vietnam.
We are environmental and social governance professionals and have been working together for several years, in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as international policy fora. In 2019, we decided to combine our skills and establish Takin Consulting, with a desire to contribute to improving the way natural resources are managed and governed around the world and a commitment to applying a creative, solution-oriented and pragmatic approach to our work. We firmly believe that every context is different and are fully committed to learning and adapting to the needs and priorities of our clients and partners.
The name of the company is a reference to the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It is a tribute to the positive experience and inspiration gained while working there. We are a registered company in France.
Pamela is an environmental lawyer and policy analyst working on low carbon and climate resilient growth. Her work has focused on natural resources management, environmental certification, climate change, biodiversity, forest governance, AFOLU, REDD+ and REDD+ safeguards, indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge. Her expertise also includes working with Parliaments to advance environmental legislation and comply with international commitments. She has also worked on climate finance helping countries prepare funding proposals to access resources from diverse bilateral and multilateral funds (GEF, GCF, CIF, FAO, GIZ, IKI, among other).
She has proven experience in project management, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. Pamela has broad experience within the public, academic, non-profit and private sectors.
Some of the organisations she has worked for include DFID, GIZ, SNV, USAID, FAO, University of Sussex, GEF, IDB, Globe International and ClientEarth. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has in-country experience in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the UK.
David is an environmental, social, and political risk management specialist with a particular focus on the extractive industries. He is the former Head of Extractive Industry Due Diligence at a global financial institution, where he was responsible for assessing the non-financial risks associated with oil, gas, and mining clients and transactions.
Prior to this role, he was a consultant at two leading global risk consultancies where he advised public and private sector clients on the environmental and political risks they faced when entering new markets. David has significant experience in environmental & energy policy, research and reporting, project and team management, and risk assessment.
David is fluent in English and French, and has in-country experience in Canada, Hungary, Gabon, The Netherlands, Nigeria, and the UK.
Linda is an environmental lawyer and policy advisor, specialized in climate change, human rights and environmental governance. Linda has extensive experience in carrying out strategic social and environmental assessments and environmental risk analysis as well as in the design of environmental and social management frameworks, participation and gender plans for development, environmental and adaptation projects. She is an excellent communicator, with proven experience in stakeholder mapping and engagement, and in the design and development of capacity building workshops and trainings.
Linda has worked with several international organizations, including UNEP, FAO, UNDP, NGOs and has supported various governments. Before being an independent consultant, she has held a variety of roles at the private and public sector, including environmental and property rights law firms and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Linda is fluent in Spanish and English, and has in-country experience in Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ghana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Russia, and Zambia.
Amir is a climate governance expert with a background in human rights and has also worked extensively on wildlife trade, conservation and marine governance. He has extensive experience formulating policy, reviewing and amending national and subnational legislation, and developing implementing and monitoring plans. To this end he has lead local expert teams, facilitated and partaken in stakeholder mapping and engagement and provided long term strategic consulting to governments and organisations.
Amir is currently serving as an independent legal advisor to the Least Developed Countries during the UNFCCC negotiations and is involved in south south and low resource climate litigation. Prior to this he has worked with several international organisations- including IGAD, FAO and the Commonwealth, the GCF, UNEP, IUCN and the World Bank - and NGOs including WWF, Pew Charitable trust and others.
Amir is fluent in English, Hebrew and Italian and has worked in numerous countries including Uganda, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nigeria, PNG, Ghana, The Gambia amongst others.