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Prof Asmah Ahmad

Asmah Ahmad is currently a guest scholar at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) where she retired from as a professor in 2009 and continues to coordinate the Masters of Social Science degree programme in Social and Environmental Impact Assessment.

She has been active in consultancy works pertaining to environmental and social impact assessment studies for the past two decades.

Ilse Aucamp
South Africa

Ilse Aucamp is a director of Ptersa Environmental Management Consultants, a consulting firm based in South Africa. Ilse initiated a process for the establishment of a working group for SIA in South Africa. Part of the tasks of the working group is creating SIA guidelines specific to the South African context and establishing an online network and community of professionals.

Ilse presents short courses on SIA at the Centre for Environmental Management at the Northwest University, and frequently act as guest lecturer in post graduate programmes across South Africa.  

As a consultant, she focuses on SIA in different sectors, doing work in all phases of the project-cycle including management and auditing.  Her expertise includes facilitation of grassroots communities, identification of social development opportunities, strategic analysis and livelihood assessments.

Ilse’s work aims to investigate the links between social impact assessment, social development and sustainable livelihoods in a multi-cultural context.

John Boyle

John has been involved with impact assessment (IA) for almost 40 years. He has undertaken multi-disciplinary project planning and IA assignments at all scales for a wide variety of industrial, infrastructure and natural resource developments in Canada and internationally, including strategic/regional assessments. As well, he has carried out IA training and capacity building at university and in-service, and has contributed to the advancement of IA policy and administration in both developed and developing countries. He currently works with an international mining company and chairs the IAIA Training and Professional Development Committee.

Originally (and still, at heart) an engineer and amateur naturalist, he has gradually, through activist activities and a couple of graduate degrees, increased the spread of his tent to more substantially encompass the social side of things. He has come to think that biophysical IA is a largely left-brain activity, while social IA is more right-brain and thus far more intriguing. How to have a project be an agent of sustainable development? What a great inquiry!

Dr Sheridan Coakes

Dr Sheridan Coakes is the founder and Director of Coakes Consulting, a specialised social impact consultancy operating in Australia. Sheridan has 20 years research and applied experience in the areas of SIA and community involvement within a resource management and development planning context.

Building on her work in developing and implementing the SIA program for the Australian Regional Forest Agreement process for the Commonwealth Government in the late 1990s, Sheridan has developed a participatory approach to SIA and stakeholder engagement practice that has been applied in numerous large scale and controversial public and private sector projects, in the areas of forestry, quarrying and sand mining, on-shore and off-shore oil and gas, open cut and underground mining and waste management.

With a PhD in the area of Community Psychology from Curtin University in Western Australia, Sheridan has developed and implemented a number of innovative SIA methodologies to describe, analyse and address social, economic and community health impacts.

Prof Christiane Gagnon

Professor Christiane Gagnon holds a PhD in Regional Planning. She teaches in Regional Development graduate programs and Geography at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.  She is co-director of a multidisciplinary Research Center on territorial development and led a Social Impact Follow-up of an Industrial Megaproject.

Christiane’s current research domains are in the areas of Social Impact Assessment, community development and ecotourism and sustainable development politics. She has also worked in different countries of Central America, China, French Antilles and Madagascar.

Colin Goodrich
New Zealand

Rita Sully

Rita is the Social Performance Management Lead at Shell Development (Australia), responsible for leading the delivery of social performance across Upstream Australia and Downstream, including refineries, supply and distribution.

Previous to joining Shell, Rita was the Sustainability Assessment and Community Engagement Manager at Western Power responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability assessment in the planning, delivery and operation of Western Power’s major infrastructure projects. Rita spent 10 years based in Asia as the Regional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager at Hewlett Packard, Asia Pacific and Japan and Regional Program Development Manager for the Cisco Networking Academy.

Rita has a BA in International Studies from RMIT University; MA, Applied Anthropology from the Australia National University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Murdoch University and has completed an Executive Program in Ecological Design for Community Building at the University of Stellenbosch (Sustainability Institute), South Africa.

Prof Abdoulaye Sene

Abdoulaye Sene is an African pioneer and leader on environment assessment. He is a sociologist, lecturer and consultant. He has been involved in several environmental and social assessments and management (ESAM) projects development in Central and West Africa. Prof Sene has carried out various assessments of projects dealing with safeguards policies issues. He undertook different workshops and training in capacity building on EIA for The World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, USAID, IDRC and IUCN and participating in delivery of training activities on Safeguards policies of The World Bank. In the same way, he runs some networking assets for African EIA professional and developing and disseminating state-of-art technical guidelines and methodologies to facilitate integration and application of safeguard policies. He initiated the first EIS courses in African curricula and has been involved early in SIA principles and guidelines activities with IAIA.

Pierre Senecal

Born in 1947, Pierre Senécal was trained in political science in Montreal and Paris. He worked as environmental advisor (human environment) at Hydro-Québec from 1980 to 2006.

Pierre has specialized in social impact assessment and population resettlement, mostly in the context of large-scale hydroelectric projects or other types of electric generation (nuclear, thermal, solar), powerline and road projects. He has designed, supervised and carried out these types of studies in Canada, the Near-East and Asia. He has participated in capacity-building and humanitarian projects in Western Africa and India for the E-7, an NGO regrouping the world’s largest electrical utilities.

Pierre has just completed a Master's degree in anthropology at the University of Montreal.

Dr Nick Taylor
New Zealand

Nick is director of the research firm and consultancy Taylor-Baines and Associates based in New Zealand, and is immediate Past President of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

With an academic background in applied social and environmental sciences, he has collaborated internationally to develop approaches and techniques for SIA and co-authored the text Social Assessment: theory, process and techniques (third edition published in 2004).  

Nick has broad experience as a consultant, researcher and trainer through contracts to the public and private sectors, community groups and multilateral agencies in New Zealand and internationally.

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