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.
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.
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.
Joanna is a lawyer and researcher with a background in human rights and environmental law and policy. Her previous work has focused on land tenure, legal pluralism and law reform in the context of natural resource governance. In particular, she has worked on issues related to forest governance in producer countries and has published research concerning the impact of mining activities on local and indigenous communities. In addition, Joanna has experience in capacity-building and project management.
She has previously worked with a range of organisations, including the University of Cape Town and ClientEarth. She is fluent in English and French and has experience working in / on, amongst others, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Stephane Crayne is an environmental security specialist with a Masters from King’s College London War Studies specialising in conflict and conservation. A former French Army officer, his experience ranges from protected areas management to developing and implementing tailored training programmes for parc rangers. Supporting conservation in situ, his expertise includes liaising with partners on patrol development and designing strategies to bring meaningful solutions to identified threats. Promoting a concept fostering multidisciplinary approaches to conservation in complex environments lead him naturally to consider risks for security and human rights and conduct assessments to best integrate core E&S norms in future wildlife law enforcement interventions.
The combination of direct involvement in field operations across Africa and contributions in academia, is rich with thematic crossovers covering many angles of environmental law enforcement.
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).
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.