Chemonics Internationallast updated: June 2008

Envrionmental Services: Our environmental services practice stresses the use of market-based incentives, enhanced management systems, and careful audit protocols to help enterprises reduce environmental and social impacts. We offer solutions in environmental services, natural resource management, and climate change by combining cross-cutting services such as trade facilitation, conformity assessment, governance, gender assessment, and finance. Our record in sustainable agribusinesses and forestry is complemented by our service offerings in water and coastal zone management and responsible tourism.

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Through an understanding of local, regional, global contexts, we provide public and private sector clients with adaptive strategies for climate variability and its consequences. Our expertise ranges from the development of a global food security early warning system that allows governments to adapt to climate change to community and industrial-based certification systems that promote carbon sequestration credits.

  • Environmental Management: Our initiatives promote improved regulatory environmental compliance and conformity to voluntary systems through the promotion of sector specific conformity assessment systems. These systems provide environmental impact and auditing support while actively supporting clean production and pollution prevention technologies in numerous sectors, including agrifood, energy and water utilities, mining, manufacturing, and tourism.

  • Natural Resource Management: We pioneer market-based conservation solutions anchored in careful science and proven tools that ensure community and other stakeholder participation. To ensure the shared equity of resources, we facilitate public and private sector collaboration in terrestrial and marine settings.

  • Environmental Competitiveness: Chemonics routinely strengthens the strategic business case for sustainability. By using a management system approach to systematically incorporate the costs of water, waste, and energy across the value chain, we encourage conservation and bottom-line efficiency. This also helps our projects and clients identify and comply with applicable environmental and labor regulations. We carefully blend these cost advantages and regulatory requirements with marketplace demands to meet quality, environmental, and social standards through internal auditing and third-party conformity assessment as a fundamental business practice. Reducing costs, conforming to market standards, and complying with legal obligations create an essential business platform for competitive enterprises.


    Specialists in Environmental Services

    Amy Bodmann
    Director | Latin America and the Caribbean Division

    Amy Bodmann is a community-based natural resource management specialist with experience in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Specializing in coastal resource management, she has contributed to natural resource management activities in more than 20 countries, including managing a biodiversity conservation program in indigenous-managed areas of northern Ecuador and a community-based forest management project in the Petén region of Guatemala. She was the team leader of a participatory coastal management component of a post-tsunami reconstruction program in Sri Lanka. She also participated in a biodiversity assessment in Uganda and development of a tropical forest conservation fund project in Bangladesh. She earned an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in international economics from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish.

    John Dorr
    Chief of Party | Egypt

    John Dorr has 35 years of experience in 12 countries working as a scientist, manager, and trainer in the design and implementation of urban and rural environmental, natural resource, and small-scale community/livelihood development projects. Currently, he serves as chief of party for the Sustainable Economic Growth in the Red Sea Governorate project. His technical skills are in quantitative environmental impact; resource survey and assessment; and management of projects related to environment, natural resources, and coastal zones, in conjunction with rural community development. He has 16 years experience in corporate- and field-based management of international development projects and parallel marketing and service-delivery experience in the private sector in the United States, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He holds a B.S. in zoology, an M.S., biology, and a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Michigan.

    Matthew Edwardsen
    Director | Latin America and the Caribbean Division

    Matthew Edwardsen has a background in developing and evaluating agribusiness value chains with an emphasis in biodiversity. His work has included collaboration with local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and multinational corporations to maximize their ability to integrate into markets; linking market demands to reliable supply chains; and developing sustainable business models that incorporate community needs, international standards, and opportunities for local producers. In Uganda, he participated in a World Bank evaluation of multiple commodity value chains and small-holder integration into food security and cash-crop value chains. In Guinea, he led efforts to minimize negative environmental impact of agribusiness activities. He is secretariat of the Trade Standards Practitioners Network and serves as the manager of Chemonics’ Environmental Services practice. He earned a B.A. in political science and French at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

    Kirk Ellis
    Director | Middle East Division

    Kirk Ellis specializes in multiple aspects of environmental engineering, with a focus on public-private partnerships, privatization, solid and hazardous waste management, community involvement, and environmental policy reform. He recently joined Chemonics’ home office in Washington after serving as chief of party for the company’s Egypt Livelihood and Income from the Environment program, Lead Pollution Clean-up in Qalyoubia project, for which he managed the remediation of secondary lead smelters, schools, and a medical center, as well as a comprehensive community involvement and participation program and technical capacity building for counterparts. Previously, he administered a $1 billion solid waste privatization project for the Governorates of Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. He has a B.S. in geological engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

    David Fratt
    Director | Middle East Division

    David Fratt is an environmental management specialist with more than 20 years working in developed and developing country contexts. He served as chief of party in Egypt for the Cairo Air Improvement project, and as senior manager and technical specialist to environment and urban infrastructure projects in more than 15 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His expertise includes environmental institution building, risk and impact assessment, environmental monitoring and indicators, and pollution mitigation planning. His prior experience includes providing broad consulting support in waste management, air pollution, environmental monitoring and auditing, and database management and statistics. He earned a master's degree in biology from the University of Maine and a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of William and Mary.

    Mario Kerby
    Chief of Party | Morocco

    Mario Kerby has 25 years of experience in environmental management, water resources management, institutional development, agricultural competitiveness, rural development, and database management. He currently serves as the chief of party of the Morocco Integrated Agriculture and Agribusiness project. Previously, he served as the home-office director of the Water IQC II and the Morocco Rural Tourism Development Program and as chief of party of a Morocco water resources sustainability project and a Morocco watershed management project. As former vice president of ICF Kaiser, he managed an array of environmental projects for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, and state environmental agencies. He served as team leader for a World Bank water tariff and institutional reorganization study in Angola and advised the Ministry of Environment of Bulgaria on priorities for environmental management. He has an M.A. and B.A. in economics from American University.

    John Nittler
    Senior Vice President | Latin America and the Caribbean Division

    Over the course of his 30-year career in international development, John Nittler has become a recognized expert in integrated water and natural resource management. Previously, he served as a technical advisor on regional forest management initiatives throughout Latin America and as chief of party of a forestry management project in Bolivia that established the foundation for what has now become the largest sustainably managed natural forest in the tropics. Prior to joining Chemonics, he worked in Africa and Latin America on watershed management, rural development, and forest management projects. He has an M.S. in international forestry economics from Yale University and a B.S. in forest management from the University of Missouri.

    Christopher Perine
    Director | Middle East Division

    Chris Perine provides management oversight and technical guidance for projects worldwide in the areas of urban management, infrastructure development, environmental management, and environmental impact assessment. During his 20-year career, he has designed and managed large-scale infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, and culverts; irrigation systems; industrial estates; community centers; and national park facilities. He also has led the technical assistance, training, and physical planning elements of numerous community development activities. He holds a B.A. in economics and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning, both from the University of Virginia.

    Carlos Quintela
    Director | Latin American and the Caribbean Division

    Carlos E. Quintela has more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy, institutional development, and project design and management. He currently manages conservation projects in Mexico and Central America. He has provided leadership to a wide variety of stakeholders and worked extensively in Latin America, particularly on environmental finance and policy, capacity building, and private sector projects. He has also worked on environmental finance projects in Uganda and regionally in Africa. He has held a number of senior posts with private consulting firms, NGOs, governments, and multilateral development agencies. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he has done additional postgraduate work at Louisiana State University.

    Kate Woods
    Director | Africa Division

    Kate Woods is an agriculture and natural resource enterprise development specialist with 10 years of experience in private sector development, including natural resources-based enterprises, agribusiness, business development services, and microfinance projects. Currently, she supervises rural and agricultural finance development initiatives in Malawi and Uganda. In Senegal, she administered a development fund to build capacity in micro-, small-, and medium enterprises; microfinance and banking institutions; and government agencies. In Mali, she established project operations and oversaw management of an implementation fund for agribusiness development, trade, and investment. In Botswana, she finalized training curriculum for community-based wildlife managers as part of a community-based tourism development. She is proficient in French and Bambara and holds a B.S. in natural resources management from Cornell University.


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