• Beatrice Maneshi
    Beatrice Maneshi
    Founder, Programing Innovator
  • Aviva Stein
    Aviva Stein
    Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant
  • Dr. An Vranckx
    Dr. An Vranckx
    Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser
  • Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development
  • Alexandra Alden
    Alexandra Alden
    Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Sofía Cossar
    Sofía Cossar
    Associate, Law and Technology
  • Alex Muia
    Alex Muia
    Associate, Financial Controls

  • Beatrice Maneshi
    Beatrice Maneshi
    Founder, Programing Innovator
  • Aviva Stein
    Aviva Stein
    Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant
  • Dr. An Vranckx
    Dr. An Vranckx
    Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser
  • Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development
  • Alexandra Alden
    Alexandra Alden
    Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Sofía Cossar
    Sofía Cossar
    Associate, Law and Technology
  • Alex Muia
    Alex Muia
    Associate, Financial Controls

  • Beatrice Maneshi
    Beatrice Maneshi
    Founder, Programing Innovator
  • Aviva Stein
    Aviva Stein
    Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant
  • Dr. An Vranckx
    Dr. An Vranckx
    Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser
  • Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development
  • Alexandra Alden
    Alexandra Alden
    Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Sofía Cossar
    Sofía Cossar
    Associate, Law and Technology
  • Alex Muia
    Alex Muia
    Associate, Financial Controls

  • Beatrice Maneshi
    Beatrice Maneshi
    Founder, Programing Innovator
  • Aviva Stein
    Aviva Stein
    Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant
  • Dr. An Vranckx
    Dr. An Vranckx
    Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser
  • Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Aurélie Viard-Cretat
    Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development
  • Alexandra Alden
    Alexandra Alden
    Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Sofía Cossar
    Sofía Cossar
    Associate, Law and Technology
  • Alex Muia
    Alex Muia
    Associate, Financial Controls

About US

Our Story:

Catalystas Consulting is the brainchild of four trailblazing feminists from Belgium, France, Iran, and California. We come from very different backgrounds and sectors, ranging from technology and security compliance to activism, humanitarian response, and political affairs. Despite our differences, we are all united in our dedication to addressing the injustices we have seen across the globe in a more efficient, technology-driven, and inclusive approach.

We were brought together by our belief that the world is reaching a tipping point. We can do better. Catalystas envisions a world that celebrates diversity, embraces human rights, and promotes sustainability. We are here to bring that goal one step closer, project by project.

We call ourselves Catalystas, a feminine form of ‘catalysts’, to embody the importance of taking that first step towards progress.

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Methodologies and Practice

  • Everyone is Unique — So we believe in making tailor-made solutions that fit your specific context and keep your audience and ambitions in mind.

  • Equity-Focused Approach— we focus on inclusion through human-centered designs with localized contexts and issues at the core, and special attention to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

  • Theory Vs. Practice — We utilize our training across various sets of standards and methodologies to ensure high quality, easily adaptable services (Sphere Humanitarian Standards, OECD DAC evaluation criteria, Core Humanitarian Standards, Scrum and agile management).

  • Data-Driven — we actively practice qualifying our qualitative findings and research with quantitative figures, primary sources, and native languages analyses.

  • Humble and Honest-If we don’t have the expertise, we don’t pretend to. Rather, we draw from our vast network of experts in various fields, including health, environmentalism, law, and programming, to create the perfect team for your organizational needs.
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What is Feminism to Catalystas?

  • Our Feminism is gender sensitive, inclusive of men, and participatory
  • Our Feminism recognizes inequities as structural
  • Our Feminism is intersectional
  • Our Feminism is transformative, not misandrous
  • Our Feminism is built on the foundations of accountability in governance, environmental sustainability, open market economic progress, empowered civil societies, and technological innovation.

If you want to learn more about why we believe a Feminist lens is used in our work check out our podcast episode  “EP.2: Why Feminism?”

Telesto

Our Story

Catalystas was created in June 2018 as the brainchild of five trailblazing feminists from Belgium, France, Iran, Russia, and the US. We come from very different backgrounds and sectors, ranging from technology and security compliance to activism, humanitarian response, and political affairs. Despite our differences, we are all united in our dedication to addressing the injustices we have seen across the globe in a more efficient, technology driven, and inclusive approach.
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Our Vision

The world is reaching a tipping point. We can do better. We envision a world that celebrates diversity embraces human rights and promotes sustainability, and we are here to bring that goal one step closer project and project.
Telesto

Our Approach

Each project is unique, but we are committed to providing:

 

– Holistic discourse backed by  tailored methodologies
– Situational flexibility supported by exact precision
– Applied intersectionality informed by hard data

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Some of the organizations we have worked with:

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PhotoCredit Slider 1 “German PSSM Practice, Congo” Nikhil Acharya.
Beatrice Maneshi
Founder, Programing Innovator

b.maneshi@catalystasconsulting.com |Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Iranian-American with 6+ years of experience in international relations, economic development, and political empowerment, Beatrice is heavily invested in making the world a better place. Her work spans multiple regions of the world, often including high-risk environments, and her clients include non-governmental organizations, governmental bodies, and small-to-medium sized corporations throughout the US, EU, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally in the areas of economic development, security, and disarmament, Beatrice turned to the humanitarian field, where she focuses on international security policy, gender equality, and innovation planning. She is a highly skilled grant writer, program designer, auditor, and capacity and impact assessor, as well as an authority on client and donor relations and ethical corporate engagement strategy.

Her personal and professional interests come together in the use of technology and data to provide solutions and insight into human rights, higher education, sexual reproductive rights, and environmental preservation.

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, Dutch

Aviva Stein
Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant

a.stein@catalystasconsulting.com | The Hague, NL

Aviva is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) development and political stability specialist, with a focus on peacebuilding, development, and female and youth empowerment. She has experience in program development, implementation, situational analysis, and strategic planning in multiple regions of the world, including highly volatile areas.

Holding a Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she has worked at organizations including Boston University’s African Presidential Center and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

A lover of the written word, Aviva is an expert in writing and communications, and embraces the challenge of creating content for a variety of audiences. Her passion is humanitarian work, and she has experience with a diverse portfolio of clients, including NGOs, diplomatic missions, universities, and individuals.

Languages: English, Dutch, Arabic, Kurdish

 

Dr. An Vranckx
Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser

a.vranckx@catalystasconsulting.com | Antwerp, Belgium

A Belgian native, An holds a PhD from the University of Brussels and has over twenty-five years of experience in policy research covering governance, (political) capacity building, gender equality, arms control, and related security issues.

With a career spanning the globe, she has worked in the challenging contexts of Latin America as well as East, West, and Central Africa. She has worked alongside a wide range of local actors including grassroots women’s organizations, civil servants, and military and security groups. She has a widespread global network made up of technical experts, intergovernmental organizations, specialized research institutes, and advocacy groups. Her track record includes compliance monitoring, fundraising for a variety of projects and programs, coordination of program implementation and the completion of projects all the way through accounting and reporting phases.

An’s field experience contributes to her current work as an M&E consultant and occasional lecturer – she held a professorship with the Conflict and Development department of the University of Ghent from 2006 until 2016.

In recent years, An has studied at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and swung through an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining the certificate MITx u.lab: “Leading from the Emerging Future”. She has also taken up shiatsu and is currently writing a book on women in armed conflict and peace building.

Languages: Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German, Italian

Aurélie Viard-Cretat
Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development

a.viard@catalystasconsulting.com | Grenoble, France

Aurelie is an enthusiastic project management and organizational development professional. She holds a Master’s in International Cooperation and Multilingual Communication and has twelve years of experience working with both international and local NGOs in the aid sector.

With a specialization in an organizational development approach, Aurelie has built the capacities of both individuals and groups, forming effective and dynamic project teams of up to forty employees and one hundred volunteers working together towards continuous improvement. She has successfully funded, developed, and managed a wide range of projects spanning eleven countries across four continents, including high-risk and volatile settings. Now specializing among others on project evaluation, she constantly adapts and tailors her approach, taking inspiration from equity-focused, developmental and empowerment methodologies. 

Aurelie’s areas of expertise include change management, economical development, social inclusion, gender and disability mainstreaming. She is constantly building her own capacity through training and online resources, in order to broaden her skills, and currently trains herself on data visualization and storytelling for change.

Languages:  French, English, German 

Alexandra Alden
Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
a.alden@cataltstasconsulting.comBarcelona, Spain

Alexandra has 7+ years of experience in social enterprise, international development, innovation, and human-centered design. She is interested in how interaction and empathy can build sustainable peace. She holds a Masters in Development Practice from UC Berkeley. She has worked in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East with clients ranging from world-renowned design studios to NGOs, to UN agencies, to social enterprises.

She is a specialist in user research, prototyping, innovation management, entrepreneurial curriculum/program design and facilitation and training in design and innovation. The methodologies she employs in her work focus on the power of inclusion and diversity to drive innovation.

She is currently based in Barcelona launching SINGA España, a platform and innovation incubator that drives social cohesion and inclusion between refugees/migrants and the host population.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sofía Cossar
Associate, Law and Technology

s.cossar@catalystasconsulting.com | Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Argentinian-Italian with 4+ years of experience in the law and politics of international relations from a critical perspective to power structures. Sofía holds a Master’s in International Security and has worked with governmental, non-governmental, and civil-tech startups in South America, the United States, and Europe.

Sofía started out in the field of human rights and international criminal law. A firm believer in disruptive, sustainable, and preventive approaches to security issues, her current focus is blockchain for social good. This includes analyzing the legal, political, and technical issues arising from blockchain applications to self-sovereign identity management, liquid democracy, and UBI.

Having contributed to a variety of initiatives through communication, research, and project management, Sofía’s desire is to promote and support new institutional frameworks in favor of decentralization of political and economic power.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French.

Alex Muia
Associate, Financial Controls

a.muia@catalystasconsulting.com | Rotterdam, Netherlands

Alex is a dedicated finance professional with seven years of extensive experience in financial control and administration within international NGOs. He was born in Kenya, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

After attaining a Bachelors in finance in Kenya, Alex developed his international career. He has worked in dynamic project locations including Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan, and has worked with local and international partners across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. He has specialized in policy compliance, monitoring, preparation, and analyzing expenditure and budget reports for major donors like the EU, USAID, DANIDA, UN, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His projects have touched on various social impacts, ranging from water and sanitation, to sexual health and reproductive rights, disaster response, and land rights.

His wide range of experience has given him the expertise to easily understand project proposals and translate them into feasible financial proposals.

Alex is continuously improving his professional skills, and is currently obtaining his MSc in Accounting and Auditing at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Languages: English, Dutch, Swahili

Beatrice Maneshi
Founder, Programing Innovator

b.maneshi@catalystasconsulting.com |Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Iranian-American with 6+ years of experience in international relations, economic development, and political empowerment, Beatrice is heavily invested in making the world a better place. Her work spans multiple regions of the world, often including high-risk environments, and her clients include non-governmental organizations, governmental bodies, and small-to-medium sized corporations throughout the US, EU, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally in the areas of economic development, security, and disarmament, Beatrice turned to the humanitarian field, where she focuses on international security policy, gender equality, and innovation planning. She is a highly skilled grant writer, program designer, auditor, and capacity and impact assessor, as well as an authority on client and donor relations and ethical corporate engagement strategy.

Her personal and professional interests come together in the use of technology and data to provide solutions and insight into human rights, higher education, sexual reproductive rights, and environmental preservation.

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, Dutch

Aviva Stein
Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant

a.stein@catalystasconsulting.com | The Hague, NL

Aviva is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) development and political stability specialist, with a focus on peacebuilding, development, and female and youth empowerment. She has experience in program development, implementation, situational analysis, and strategic planning in multiple regions of the world, including highly volatile areas.

Holding a Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she has worked at organizations including Boston University’s African Presidential Center and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

A lover of the written word, Aviva is an expert in writing and communications, and embraces the challenge of creating content for a variety of audiences. Her passion is humanitarian work, and she has experience with a diverse portfolio of clients, including NGOs, diplomatic missions, universities, and individuals.

Languages: English, Dutch, Arabic, Kurdish

 

Dr. An Vranckx
Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser

a.vranckx@catalystasconsulting.com | Antwerp, Belgium

A Belgian native, An holds a PhD from the University of Brussels and has over twenty-five years of experience in policy research covering governance, (political) capacity building, gender equality, arms control, and related security issues.

With a career spanning the globe, she has worked in the challenging contexts of Latin America as well as East, West, and Central Africa. She has worked alongside a wide range of local actors including grassroots women’s organizations, civil servants, and military and security groups. She has a widespread global network made up of technical experts, intergovernmental organizations, specialized research institutes, and advocacy groups. Her track record includes compliance monitoring, fundraising for a variety of projects and programs, coordination of program implementation and the completion of projects all the way through accounting and reporting phases.

An’s field experience contributes to her current work as an M&E consultant and occasional lecturer – she held a professorship with the Conflict and Development department of the University of Ghent from 2006 until 2016.

In recent years, An has studied at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and swung through an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining the certificate MITx u.lab: “Leading from the Emerging Future”. She has also taken up shiatsu and is currently writing a book on women in armed conflict and peace building.

Languages: Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German, Italian

Aurélie Viard-Cretat
Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development

a.viard@catalystasconsulting.com | Grenoble, France

Aurelie is an enthusiastic project management and organizational development professional. She holds a Master’s in International Cooperation and Multilingual Communication and has twelve years of experience working with both international and local NGOs in the aid sector.

With a specialization in an organizational development approach, Aurelie has built the capacities of both individuals and groups, forming effective and dynamic project teams of up to forty employees and one hundred volunteers working together towards continuous improvement. She has successfully funded, developed, and managed a wide range of projects spanning eleven countries across four continents, including high-risk and volatile settings. Now specializing among others on project evaluation, she constantly adapts and tailors her approach, taking inspiration from equity-focused, developmental and empowerment methodologies. 

Aurelie’s areas of expertise include change management, economical development, social inclusion, gender and disability mainstreaming. She is constantly building her own capacity through training and online resources, in order to broaden her skills, and currently trains herself on data visualization and storytelling for change.

Languages:  French, English, German 

Alexandra Alden
Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
a.alden@cataltstasconsulting.comBarcelona, Spain

Alexandra has 7+ years of experience in social enterprise, international development, innovation, and human-centered design. She is interested in how interaction and empathy can build sustainable peace. She holds a Masters in Development Practice from UC Berkeley. She has worked in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East with clients ranging from world-renowned design studios to NGOs, to UN agencies, to social enterprises.

She is a specialist in user research, prototyping, innovation management, entrepreneurial curriculum/program design and facilitation and training in design and innovation. The methodologies she employs in her work focus on the power of inclusion and diversity to drive innovation.

She is currently based in Barcelona launching SINGA España, a platform and innovation incubator that drives social cohesion and inclusion between refugees/migrants and the host population.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sofía Cossar
Associate, Law and Technology

s.cossar@catalystasconsulting.com | Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Argentinian-Italian with 4+ years of experience in the law and politics of international relations from a critical perspective to power structures. Sofía holds a Master’s in International Security and has worked with governmental, non-governmental, and civil-tech startups in South America, the United States, and Europe.

Sofía started out in the field of human rights and international criminal law. A firm believer in disruptive, sustainable, and preventive approaches to security issues, her current focus is blockchain for social good. This includes analyzing the legal, political, and technical issues arising from blockchain applications to self-sovereign identity management, liquid democracy, and UBI.

Having contributed to a variety of initiatives through communication, research, and project management, Sofía’s desire is to promote and support new institutional frameworks in favor of decentralization of political and economic power.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French.

Alex Muia
Associate, Financial Controls

a.muia@catalystasconsulting.com | Rotterdam, Netherlands

Alex is a dedicated finance professional with seven years of extensive experience in financial control and administration within international NGOs. He was born in Kenya, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

After attaining a Bachelors in finance in Kenya, Alex developed his international career. He has worked in dynamic project locations including Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan, and has worked with local and international partners across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. He has specialized in policy compliance, monitoring, preparation, and analyzing expenditure and budget reports for major donors like the EU, USAID, DANIDA, UN, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His projects have touched on various social impacts, ranging from water and sanitation, to sexual health and reproductive rights, disaster response, and land rights.

His wide range of experience has given him the expertise to easily understand project proposals and translate them into feasible financial proposals.

Alex is continuously improving his professional skills, and is currently obtaining his MSc in Accounting and Auditing at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Languages: English, Dutch, Swahili

Beatrice Maneshi
Founder, Programing Innovator

b.maneshi@catalystasconsulting.com |Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Iranian-American with 6+ years of experience in international relations, economic development, and political empowerment, Beatrice is heavily invested in making the world a better place. Her work spans multiple regions of the world, often including high-risk environments, and her clients include non-governmental organizations, governmental bodies, and small-to-medium sized corporations throughout the US, EU, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally in the areas of economic development, security, and disarmament, Beatrice turned to the humanitarian field, where she focuses on international security policy, gender equality, and innovation planning. She is a highly skilled grant writer, program designer, auditor, and capacity and impact assessor, as well as an authority on client and donor relations and ethical corporate engagement strategy.

Her personal and professional interests come together in the use of technology and data to provide solutions and insight into human rights, higher education, sexual reproductive rights, and environmental preservation.

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, Dutch

Aviva Stein
Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant

a.stein@catalystasconsulting.com | The Hague, NL

Aviva is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) development and political stability specialist, with a focus on peacebuilding, development, and female and youth empowerment. She has experience in program development, implementation, situational analysis, and strategic planning in multiple regions of the world, including highly volatile areas.

Holding a Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she has worked at organizations including Boston University’s African Presidential Center and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

A lover of the written word, Aviva is an expert in writing and communications, and embraces the challenge of creating content for a variety of audiences. Her passion is humanitarian work, and she has experience with a diverse portfolio of clients, including NGOs, diplomatic missions, universities, and individuals.

Languages: English, Dutch, Arabic, Kurdish

 

Dr. An Vranckx
Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser

a.vranckx@catalystasconsulting.com | Antwerp, Belgium

A Belgian native, An holds a PhD from the University of Brussels and has over twenty-five years of experience in policy research covering governance, (political) capacity building, gender equality, arms control, and related security issues.

With a career spanning the globe, she has worked in the challenging contexts of Latin America as well as East, West, and Central Africa. She has worked alongside a wide range of local actors including grassroots women’s organizations, civil servants, and military and security groups. She has a widespread global network made up of technical experts, intergovernmental organizations, specialized research institutes, and advocacy groups. Her track record includes compliance monitoring, fundraising for a variety of projects and programs, coordination of program implementation and the completion of projects all the way through accounting and reporting phases.

An’s field experience contributes to her current work as an M&E consultant and occasional lecturer – she held a professorship with the Conflict and Development department of the University of Ghent from 2006 until 2016.

In recent years, An has studied at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and swung through an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining the certificate MITx u.lab: “Leading from the Emerging Future”. She has also taken up shiatsu and is currently writing a book on women in armed conflict and peace building.

Languages: Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German, Italian

Aurélie Viard-Cretat
Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development

a.viard@catalystasconsulting.com | Grenoble, France

Aurelie is an enthusiastic project management and organizational development professional. She holds a Master’s in International Cooperation and Multilingual Communication and has twelve years of experience working with both international and local NGOs in the aid sector.

With a specialization in an organizational development approach, Aurelie has built the capacities of both individuals and groups, forming effective and dynamic project teams of up to forty employees and one hundred volunteers working together towards continuous improvement. She has successfully funded, developed, and managed a wide range of projects spanning eleven countries across four continents, including high-risk and volatile settings. Now specializing among others on project evaluation, she constantly adapts and tailors her approach, taking inspiration from equity-focused, developmental and empowerment methodologies. 

Aurelie’s areas of expertise include change management, economical development, social inclusion, gender and disability mainstreaming. She is constantly building her own capacity through training and online resources, in order to broaden her skills, and currently trains herself on data visualization and storytelling for change.

Languages:  French, English, German 

Alexandra Alden
Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
a.alden@cataltstasconsulting.comBarcelona, Spain

Alexandra has 7+ years of experience in social enterprise, international development, innovation, and human-centered design. She is interested in how interaction and empathy can build sustainable peace. She holds a Masters in Development Practice from UC Berkeley. She has worked in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East with clients ranging from world-renowned design studios to NGOs, to UN agencies, to social enterprises.

She is a specialist in user research, prototyping, innovation management, entrepreneurial curriculum/program design and facilitation and training in design and innovation. The methodologies she employs in her work focus on the power of inclusion and diversity to drive innovation.

She is currently based in Barcelona launching SINGA España, a platform and innovation incubator that drives social cohesion and inclusion between refugees/migrants and the host population.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sofía Cossar
Associate, Law and Technology

s.cossar@catalystasconsulting.com | Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Argentinian-Italian with 4+ years of experience in the law and politics of international relations from a critical perspective to power structures. Sofía holds a Master’s in International Security and has worked with governmental, non-governmental, and civil-tech startups in South America, the United States, and Europe.

Sofía started out in the field of human rights and international criminal law. A firm believer in disruptive, sustainable, and preventive approaches to security issues, her current focus is blockchain for social good. This includes analyzing the legal, political, and technical issues arising from blockchain applications to self-sovereign identity management, liquid democracy, and UBI.

Having contributed to a variety of initiatives through communication, research, and project management, Sofía’s desire is to promote and support new institutional frameworks in favor of decentralization of political and economic power.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French.

Alex Muia
Associate, Financial Controls

a.muia@catalystasconsulting.com | Rotterdam, Netherlands

Alex is a dedicated finance professional with seven years of extensive experience in financial control and administration within international NGOs. He was born in Kenya, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

After attaining a Bachelors in finance in Kenya, Alex developed his international career. He has worked in dynamic project locations including Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan, and has worked with local and international partners across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. He has specialized in policy compliance, monitoring, preparation, and analyzing expenditure and budget reports for major donors like the EU, USAID, DANIDA, UN, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His projects have touched on various social impacts, ranging from water and sanitation, to sexual health and reproductive rights, disaster response, and land rights.

His wide range of experience has given him the expertise to easily understand project proposals and translate them into feasible financial proposals.

Alex is continuously improving his professional skills, and is currently obtaining his MSc in Accounting and Auditing at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Languages: English, Dutch, Swahili

Beatrice Maneshi
Founder, Programing Innovator

b.maneshi@catalystasconsulting.com |Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Iranian-American with 6+ years of experience in international relations, economic development, and political empowerment, Beatrice is heavily invested in making the world a better place. Her work spans multiple regions of the world, often including high-risk environments, and her clients include non-governmental organizations, governmental bodies, and small-to-medium sized corporations throughout the US, EU, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally in the areas of economic development, security, and disarmament, Beatrice turned to the humanitarian field, where she focuses on international security policy, gender equality, and innovation planning. She is a highly skilled grant writer, program designer, auditor, and capacity and impact assessor, as well as an authority on client and donor relations and ethical corporate engagement strategy.

Her personal and professional interests come together in the use of technology and data to provide solutions and insight into human rights, higher education, sexual reproductive rights, and environmental preservation.

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, Dutch

Aviva Stein
Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant

a.stein@catalystasconsulting.com | The Hague, NL

Aviva is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) development and political stability specialist, with a focus on peacebuilding, development, and female and youth empowerment. She has experience in program development, implementation, situational analysis, and strategic planning in multiple regions of the world, including highly volatile areas.

Holding a Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she has worked at organizations including Boston University’s African Presidential Center and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

A lover of the written word, Aviva is an expert in writing and communications, and embraces the challenge of creating content for a variety of audiences. Her passion is humanitarian work, and she has experience with a diverse portfolio of clients, including NGOs, diplomatic missions, universities, and individuals.

Languages: English, Dutch, Arabic, Kurdish

 

Dr. An Vranckx
Partner, Expert Analyst and Adviser

a.vranckx@catalystasconsulting.com | Antwerp, Belgium

A Belgian native, An holds a PhD from the University of Brussels and has over twenty-five years of experience in policy research covering governance, (political) capacity building, gender equality, arms control, and related security issues.

With a career spanning the globe, she has worked in the challenging contexts of Latin America as well as East, West, and Central Africa. She has worked alongside a wide range of local actors including grassroots women’s organizations, civil servants, and military and security groups. She has a widespread global network made up of technical experts, intergovernmental organizations, specialized research institutes, and advocacy groups. Her track record includes compliance monitoring, fundraising for a variety of projects and programs, coordination of program implementation and the completion of projects all the way through accounting and reporting phases.

An’s field experience contributes to her current work as an M&E consultant and occasional lecturer – she held a professorship with the Conflict and Development department of the University of Ghent from 2006 until 2016.

In recent years, An has studied at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and swung through an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining the certificate MITx u.lab: “Leading from the Emerging Future”. She has also taken up shiatsu and is currently writing a book on women in armed conflict and peace building.

Languages: Dutch, French, English, Spanish, German, Italian

Aurélie Viard-Cretat
Partner, Capacity Assessment & Development

a.viard@catalystasconsulting.com | Grenoble, France

Aurelie is an enthusiastic project management and organizational development professional. She holds a Master’s in International Cooperation and Multilingual Communication and has twelve years of experience working with both international and local NGOs in the aid sector.

With a specialization in an organizational development approach, Aurelie has built the capacities of both individuals and groups, forming effective and dynamic project teams of up to forty employees and one hundred volunteers working together towards continuous improvement. She has successfully funded, developed, and managed a wide range of projects spanning eleven countries across four continents, including high-risk and volatile settings. Now specializing among others on project evaluation, she constantly adapts and tailors her approach, taking inspiration from equity-focused, developmental and empowerment methodologies. 

Aurelie’s areas of expertise include change management, economical development, social inclusion, gender and disability mainstreaming. She is constantly building her own capacity through training and online resources, in order to broaden her skills, and currently trains herself on data visualization and storytelling for change.

Languages:  French, English, German 

Alexandra Alden
Associate, Social Enterprises and Innovation
a.alden@cataltstasconsulting.comBarcelona, Spain

Alexandra has 7+ years of experience in social enterprise, international development, innovation, and human-centered design. She is interested in how interaction and empathy can build sustainable peace. She holds a Masters in Development Practice from UC Berkeley. She has worked in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East with clients ranging from world-renowned design studios to NGOs, to UN agencies, to social enterprises.

She is a specialist in user research, prototyping, innovation management, entrepreneurial curriculum/program design and facilitation and training in design and innovation. The methodologies she employs in her work focus on the power of inclusion and diversity to drive innovation.

She is currently based in Barcelona launching SINGA España, a platform and innovation incubator that drives social cohesion and inclusion between refugees/migrants and the host population.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sofía Cossar
Associate, Law and Technology

s.cossar@catalystasconsulting.com | Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Argentinian-Italian with 4+ years of experience in the law and politics of international relations from a critical perspective to power structures. Sofía holds a Master’s in International Security and has worked with governmental, non-governmental, and civil-tech startups in South America, the United States, and Europe.

Sofía started out in the field of human rights and international criminal law. A firm believer in disruptive, sustainable, and preventive approaches to security issues, her current focus is blockchain for social good. This includes analyzing the legal, political, and technical issues arising from blockchain applications to self-sovereign identity management, liquid democracy, and UBI.

Having contributed to a variety of initiatives through communication, research, and project management, Sofía’s desire is to promote and support new institutional frameworks in favor of decentralization of political and economic power.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French.

Alex Muia
Associate, Financial Controls

a.muia@catalystasconsulting.com | Rotterdam, Netherlands

Alex is a dedicated finance professional with seven years of extensive experience in financial control and administration within international NGOs. He was born in Kenya, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

After attaining a Bachelors in finance in Kenya, Alex developed his international career. He has worked in dynamic project locations including Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan, and has worked with local and international partners across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. He has specialized in policy compliance, monitoring, preparation, and analyzing expenditure and budget reports for major donors like the EU, USAID, DANIDA, UN, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His projects have touched on various social impacts, ranging from water and sanitation, to sexual health and reproductive rights, disaster response, and land rights.

His wide range of experience has given him the expertise to easily understand project proposals and translate them into feasible financial proposals.

Alex is continuously improving his professional skills, and is currently obtaining his MSc in Accounting and Auditing at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Languages: English, Dutch, Swahili