Building Capacities for Community and Institutional Development
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Jay Coombs
Dr. Coombs has extensive project development, programme management and delivery of technical assistance for international and national development organizations in Belize, including: Sazani Associates, SRK, UK, United Nations Development Program/Belize, Scope Global ,Australia, US Peace Corps, and the Belize Social Investment Fund. She has directly supported and collaborated with community leaders, civil society, non-government and private sector organisations in Belize, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Wales, UK. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Applied Development Studies (CADS), through which she provides specialist advisory assistance on, community and stakeholder engagement, institutional capacity building, and sustainable development planning.
Jordi del Bas
Jordi del Bas is co-founding partner and Head of International Development at the EU-Asia Global Business Research Centre of the EADA Business School in Barcelona. His professional background is a mix of three of his main passions: evaluation, research and teaching.
He is Adjunct Faculty at the Maastricht School of Management, senior accredited trainer on Evaluation by the Secretariat General of the European Commission and visiting professor at the Masters in Development of the Complutense University of Madrid and at the International MBA of the Business School at the Nanjing University in China.
Economist by training, Jordi specialises in private sector development. Over the last 15 years he has worked as independent evaluator for international agencies in fifty countries worldwide throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Currently, he leads a research project examining the links between corporate culture and wellbeing in private sector firms.
Gerardo Berthin is a political scientist specializing in applied democratic governance policy in areas related to local governance and decentralization, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption and citizens’ empowerment and participation. He has nearly 20 years of experience as a program officer/director and/or senior technical policy adviser for various large and complex democratic governance policy reform programs. He has worked in nearly all Latin American and Caribbean Countries, and altogether in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe on behalf of international development organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the World Bank, and the Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation (SIDA).
Mr. Berthin has lead and conducted over 30 independent assessments and evaluations to incorporate activities into donor and/or democratic governance strategies in Latin America and Eastern Europe. He is the author of two books on political development and democracy, co-author of three books about democratic governance, political parties and institutional development respectively and is the author of over 40 articles in specialized peer reviewed social science journals. He is also author and co-author of 10 UNDP National Human Development Reports on various democratic governance issues in a number of countries around the world (Bolivia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova). He is the author and co-author of over 130 technical documents covering various democratic governance topics.
Mr. Berthin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from George Washington University, he holds two Masters Degrees: one in Political Science from the University of Chicago, the other in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University In addition, he has a Certificate from Harvard University’s J.F.K School of Government for Leaders in Development to manage political and economic reform and a Trainers’ Certificate from the United Nations Staff College in Turin-Italy. He has been a Professor teaching a number of Governance Courses to undergraduate and graduate students in various universities in and outside the Western Hemisphere.