Our Team

  • Beatrice Maneshi
    Beatrice Maneshi
    Founder, Programing Innovator
  • Aviva Stein
    Aviva Stein
    Partner, Strategy and Development Consultant
  • Tiffany Sprague
    Tiffany Sprague
    Associate
  • Sofía Cossar
    Sofía Cossar
    Associate, Law and Technology
  • Laura Biziou-van Pol
    Laura Biziou-van Pol
    Jr.Associate Fundraising and SRHS
  • Ajatshatru Bhattacharya
    Ajatshatru Bhattacharya
    Associate Consultant
  • Judith Vollebregt
    Judith Vollebregt
    Associate Consultant
  • Marloes Verholt
    Marloes Verholt
    Associate: Programme development, Fundraising and Research
  • Alex Muia
    Alex Muia
    Associate, Financial Controls

Our Story

Established in the spring of 2018, our hybrid collective was developed following the realization that a gender lens was continuously missing from the field of international development. Across our activities in the business, development, humanitarian assistance, and governmental spheres, the absence of gender sensitivity became increasingly apparent and obviously detrimental in the application of government funding, NGO interventions, and humanitarian aid. As a result, Catalystas Consulting was born, and since beginning operations our team has successfully supported numerous governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and social sustainable enterprises in creating, evaluating, and innovating through a gender lens within the field of international development all over the globe. 

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.

Methodologies and Practice

  • Everyone is Unique — We believe in  tailor-made solutions that fit each specific context and keep every audience and ambition in mind.
  • Equity-Focused Approach– We focus on inclusion through human-centered designs, with localized contexts and issues at the core, and special attention given 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 and 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 language analysis.
Beatrice Maneshi holds a focus group on entrepreneurship with youth in Mosul in July 2018.

Some of the Organizations we have worked with

Interested in learning more?

As a team of experts, we are here to offer our support to non-profits, social sustainable enterprises, international organizations, governments, and private companies who want to grow, change, or develop in new ways.

Beatrice Maneshi
Founder, Programing Innovator

[email protected] |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

[email protected] | 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

 

Tiffany Sprague
Associate

[email protected] | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tiffany has experience in building the capacity of mission-driven organizations to maximize impact with a focus on girls’ STEM education and economic development. She has experience in program design and implementation, grant writing, evaluation, organizational development, and project management. 

Holding a Master’s degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics, she has worked at organizations including the Center for Citizen Initiatives supporting small-to-medium sized enterprises in Russia and the National Democratic Institute supporting political development programs in Kyrgyzstan.  She most recently co-founded the nonprofit organization Scientific Adventures for Girls based in Oakland, CA, USA. 

Languages: English, Russian

Sofía Cossar
Associate, Law and Technology

[email protected] | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sofía is an Argentinian-Italian with 4+ years of experience in law and politics of international relations from a critical perspective with regard to power structures. She 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

Laura Biziou-van Pol
Jr.Associate Fundraising and SRHS

Amsterdam, Netherlands  [email protected]

Laura is a passionate gender and sexual reproductive rights and freedoms advocate. Hailing from London and now based in Amsterdam, Laura has a background in academia, with an MA in philosophy and an MSc in logic. She has lived and worked with grass-roots community organizations and in London and Amsterdam, notably in the arts. She worked at one volunteer-run community cinema, the Star and Shadow, in Newcastle upon Tyne, and co-founded another (Deptford Cinema, in London).

In addition to her studies, she gained extensive experience in organizational development, editorial, program implementation, and fundraising in the community building, performing arts and publishing sectors. 

Well versed in human sexuality, gender, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRSHR) and LGBTQ advocacy, empowerment, Laura has supported organizations and individuals become the strongest versions of themselves and creating pathways and networks for self-expression in writing, artistic, and programmatic community outreach forms.

After her studies, she worked briefly in the tech industry before deciding to pursue her lifelong interest in feminist causes, particularly in the field of sexual rights and freedoms. She joins Catalystas as a junior-associate focused on grant writing and project design, with a particular emphasis on gender and sexual empowerment advocacy.

Languages: English, French, Dutch

Ajatshatru Bhattacharya
Associate Consultant

[email protected] | The Hague, Netherlands

Ajat has over 7 years of experience in the field of graphic designing as well as PR and communications. While originally from India, over the course of his time in the Netherlands, Ajat has provided his services to both SMEs as well as larger multinational organizations located in The Netherlands and across the globe.

With an academic background in International and European law, Ajat is looking to further specialize in international Trade Law and Space Law. Additionally, he has experience in working with and running think tanks and research institutes.

Ajat is able to help clients understand challenging business problems from a variety of perspectives and his consulting experience has included a wide range of clients in a variety of areas. He combines his passion for law and social work with his strong expertise in PR and marketing to not only provide effective recommendations but also develop a bespoke communications strategy around the issue and the solution. He brings a unique combination of research experience and public relations strategy development experience to clients.

Languages: English, Hindi

Judith Vollebregt
Associate Consultant

[email protected] |  Netherlands

Judith is a passionate development and humanitarian professional with over 8 years of experience working for actors ranging from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to INGOs, where she was working on program design and development, policy development and program management in the fields of improved business development, access to the labor market through higher education, humanitarian aid and justice and security governance.

Holding a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam as well as a BSc in Political Science and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University, her experience focuses on fragile regions in the Middle East, South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where she has lived and worked for the last couple of years for various NGOs.

She has extensive experience in developing and setting up projects, including scoping potential partners, finding the unique selling point and grant-writing. In terms of project implementation, Judith is highly passionate about working with those actors on the ground who can make a real difference.

Languages: English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish

Marloes Verholt
Associate: Programme development, Fundraising and Research

[email protected] |  Netherlands

Marloes is a development and human rights specialist with expertise in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the African continent. She focuses on women’s and minority rights, transitional justice, and business and human rights, including in volatile contexts. She has experience in program development and implementation, grant writing, strategy development and academic as well as policy-tailored research.

With an academic background in Transitional Justice and International Development, she has experience working with think tanks (European Centre for Development Policy Management), (I)NGOs, and in academia (Radboud University Nijmegen). Her passion lies in human rights, post-conflict recovery and rule of law in fragile contexts.

Marloes combines her analytical skills and a strong desire for effective and efficient international cooperation to create impactful, hands-on recommendations. Eager to understand her clients’ vision, strategy, and way of working, she will make sure to tailor her advise accordingly to achieve the best possible results.

Languages: English, Dutch, French
Alex Muia
Associate, Financial Controls

[email protected] | 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