Contact FAQ Help News Page index Search Site map


The current staff members are listed here.

Lars T. Soeftestad
Lars T. Soeftestad
Position: Owner and CEO.
Focus (topics): Capacity building, Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), Coastal zone management, Conflict management, Fisheries, Indigenous people and minorities, Institution analysis/building, Legal reform, Monitoring and evaluation, Non-formal education, NRM, Rangeland management, Social and institutional analyses/assessment, Social and institutional development, Strategic communication.
Focus (geographic): Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Horn of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Central Africa.
Professional profile: Lars is trained as an anthropologist. He works on social and institutional analyses in natural resource mgmt., democratization, governance, inclusion, institution building, knowledge mgmt., legal reform, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communication. His theoretical and applied interests in development cooperation are in the areas of agriculture, coastal zone mgmt., common property resource mgmt., CBNRM, fisheries, ICTs and development, minority-majority ethnic group relations, participatory approaches, rangeland mgmt., social assessment, and training and capacity-building. Former employers include Rural and Health Development Center Foundation (a Bangladeshi NGO), Sida, University of Zurich and World Bank. He has consulted widely for, among others, DFID, Dutch Aid, GEF, Govt. of Norway, GIZ, IFAD, IFC, ILO, Innovation Norway, Norad, Sida, UNDP, UNOPS, USAID, World Bank, as well as private sector firms and NGOs.
Pro bono work: He has always invested time and energy in various pro bono activities, often as connected with networking (virtual and face-to-face) and knowledge management. At the present time, these activities include: (1) Coordinator, CBNRM Networking, works on Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), registered as an NGO in Norway. (2) Founder and Coordinator, Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net), a global community of practice, registered as an NGO in Norway. (3) Board Chairperson, Forum South, a regional network of organizations and institutions in southern Norway that work on North-South issues, humanitarian relief and development cooperation. (4) Owner and manager, CBNRM group, LinkedIn.
Locations: Kristiansand, Norway and Varna, Bulgaria.
Activities: Projects and operations | Library | Portfolio
Links (CVs and contact): Curriculum vitae (EU) | Contact |
Professional work: Social media presence: Devex, personal | Devex, Supras | Flickr | Google Book Search | Google Scholar | Klout | Lars Soeftestad’s profile on LinkedIn | Plaxo | Lars Soeftestad’s profile on Spoke | Tumblr | Twitter | Lars Soeftestad’s profile on XING | Zoominfo | 123people
--> Simi Ann Solaas
Simi Ann Solaas
Position: Trainee.
Focus (topics): Children´s rights and child welfare.
Focus (geographic): Middle East (Israel/Palestine), Eastern Europe (Bosnia), South America (Bolivia), Africa (Uganda).
Professional profile: Education: Child welfare and development work. Worked as Ecumenical Accompanier, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), World Council of Churches (WCC) in Palestine (West Bank) in 2008 (the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) coordinates the programme for Norway). She is a Consultant/Leader to CISV Norway, and has participated in CISV camps in several countries (Argentina, Ecuador, Japan and USA). Board Member, the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net). Active in Forum South. She is also involved with a new organization, RE:ACT, that has a focus on world poverty.
Location: Kristiansand, Norway.
Activities: Research on children.
Links (local): Contact
Links (external): Simi Ann Solaas’s profile on LinkedIn | Blog (general) | Blog (Middle East 2008)