FCG Sweden – meet our staff
Frida Lanshammar is the Managing Director and Country Manager for FCG Swedish Development. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental and Aquatic Engineering (Uppsala University, Sweden), specialising in Environmental Management and Water Resources. She has more than 10 years of experience from management positions in consulting businesses both in Sweden and internationally.
Ms Lanshammar’s core competences are overall business management, leadership, project management, environmental assessments, and stakeholder consultation processes. She was based in Zanzibar, Tanzania, for six years working on a wide range of environmental and community development projects throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. She has managed several large regional assignments funded by the GEF through the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP and UNIDO, including the DLIST ASCLME Project (www.dlist-asclme.org), which focused on improving communication and stakeholder involvement in the planning phase of the large-scale marine and coastal resource management project for the Agulhas and Somali Currents (GEF/UNDP). Ms. Lanshammar has also been involved in a number of projects related to both the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Sweden and its consequences on the hydropower industry. In addition, she has managed several underground power cable projects and climate impact assessments from business and construction processes.
Ms Lanshammar speaks fluent English, Swedish, and German and intermediate Kiswahili and French.
Annefried is a project manager and consultant at FCG Sweden. She has just joined the business area Monitoring and Evaluation after having returned from her parental leave. Before that she was the Market Coordinator at FCG Sweden and ORGUT for five years. Prior to becoming part of FCG Sweden, Annefried worked as Project Manager and Consultant for a German development consultancy responsible for acquisition and management of different health projects. Annefried holds a M.Sc. in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as a Master in Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesian and Business Administration from the University of Bonn in Germany. She is fluent in English, German and Swedish.
Astrid is a project manager working at the Natural Resource Management department at FCG Sweden. She joined FCG Sweden in August 2019, working with business development and project management in international development projects. Astrid previously worked at FCG with strategic development and systems development in the role of market coordinator, before joining the NRM team full-time as a project manager.
She holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Linköping University, giving her experience and a good understanding of the different fields of sustainable development. Her mother tongue is Swedish, and she has full working knowledge of English.
Aude is a junior project manager in the business area Monitoring and Evaluation. She worked with the Natural Resource Management team as an intern for the Spring 2022 and joins FCG to cover for the needs of the different departments. She has an environmental engineering degree, equivalent of a MSc. in Environmental Management and Engineering from AgroParisTech, Paris national institute of technology for life, food and environmental sciences.
In France, she specialised in Political Science, Ecology and Strategy before moving to Sweden and deciding to focus on international development as a means to work both in environment and on social, economic and political matters.
She is fluent in French and English, speaks some Spanish and German, and is currently learning Swedish.
Christian is a Project Manager, Business Developer and Consultant, with a focus on Monitoring & Evaluation. He has seven years’ working experience in international development cooperation and in managing complex projects in multiple sectors for Sida, Norad and OECD. He has lived and worked in four different continents and before joining SIPU, he worked at GRM International’s London office managing their Sida portfolio. He speaks fluent Swedish, English and moderate Spanish.
Christian is an experienced facilitator in organising participatory seminars and workshops involving multiple stakeholders from the civil society, government and research institutes. In his profession he has worked with different types of qualitative M&E approaches including Appreciative Inquiry, Reality Check Approach, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Theory of Change and Participatory Evaluation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology and has specific expertise in assessing civil society development and market development initiatives, among others he wrote his thesis on a workers’ movement in Argentina.
Elizabeth is a junior project manager working for the Natural Resource Management department at FCG Sweden. Since September 2021 she has worked with FCG Sweden in strategic and systems development as well as business development and project management in international development projects and framework agreements.
Elizabeth holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, specialising in Conflict and Peacebuilding and the International Politics of the Asia-Pacific. She also holds a BA in History and German from the University of Oxford. During her year abroad she studied Germanistik and International Politics at the Otto-Friedrich Universitaet Bamberg in Germany. She is fluent in English (native language) and German and speaks some French and Swedish. Previously she gained work experience in foreign affairs research, consulting and business development. Her particular interests are in sustainable development, natural resources management, food security and youth and women’s empowerment.
Hanna is working at FCG Sweden, Good Governance and Civil Society Team, as a junior project manager. She is on her final year of Master Studies Program in Development Studies at Lund University, before which she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tallinn University of Technology and Charles University in Prague.
Hanna has worked at the Embassy of Canada to Estonia and gained experience from working with civil society at the European Solidarity Corps Program in Armenia, Gyumri city. In addition, she has conducted an internship at the Development Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and volunteered for an international student-based consultancy company called 180 Degrees Consulting. She is a native speaker of Estonian, fluent in English, and has proficiency in Russian. Currently, she is learning Swedish.
Helka works as a Project Manager with a focus on Monitoring and Evaluation. She has more than ten years of experience in analysing social phenomena. Prior to joining FCG Sweden, she had been a team member in several evaluations and research projects, strategy processes and has conducted reviews and analyses in topics such as sustainable development, innovations and private sector’s role in development. Helka also has prior experience in development cooperation and peacebuilding from both the NGO sector and the Ministry.
Helka has graduated with an MSc degree from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, UK) from the programme of Political economy of violence, conflicts and development, and holds a BSc degree in Peace and conflict studies from the University of Umeå, Sweden. Helka speaks Finnish, English and Swedish.
Jorge holds an M.Sc. in Forestry with post-graduate studies in Development Aid and Soil Conservation, complemented with training in Climate Change; GIS; Environmental issues, Logical Framework Approach (LFA) and Result Based Management Planning (RBM). Jorge has 30 years of professional experience from Latin America, Africa and Europe in Natural Resources Management. He has working experience both in short and long term assignments, including consultancies, home office coordination and project direction (team leader and Chief Technical Advisor), covering areas such as: Rural Development; Community Based Natural Resource Management, Forestry and Integrated Land and Water Management. Jorge is well familiar with different approaches to climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation in the rural development context. He has relevant experience in design and coordination of international training programmes on forest management and forest certification. Jorge has been subject-matter specialist in a large number of NRM assignments including feasibility studies, assessments, evaluation and project design. Jorge has vast experience in coordinating consultancy assignments, providing relevant technical backstopping support and applying quality management system in service delivery.
Karin is a Senior Consultant and Project Manager, with a focus on Market Development and Fund Management. She has more than 20 years’ working experience in international development cooperation, since 2001 in consultancies such as Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and WSP International Sweden, and previously as staff of i.a. Sida, UNDP Ecuador and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
In her role as consultant Karin has the last 15 years managed and implemented shorter assignments and long term development projects and programs for clients including Sida, Danida, MFA of Finland, and Swedish NGOs, companies and public entities, implemented in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Assignments cover a wide range of areas, including private sector development, M4P, socioeconomic and poverty assessment, environment, CSR, microfinance, institutional strengthening, evaluations, aid effectiveness and general goal fulfillment. During recent years, a focus area has been fund management, including as financial assistance advisor and Team Leader (a.i.) for the Sida-financed challenge fund Innovations Against Poverty.
As project manager of a large number of projects, Karin is very experienced in providing administrative, financial and technical backstopping, results based management and quality assurance.
Karin holds an M.Sc. in International Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics, incl. development issues and environmental economics.
Nathan is a Consultant/Project Manager in our Business Areas “Good Governance and Public Administration” and “Civil Society”. Nathan holds a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Lund University, Sweden. Before working at FCG Sweden, he mainly worked in the field of civil society support. Nathan is also a business entrepreneur. Originally from France, he has lived and worked in 4 countries. His mother tongue is French, he is fluent in English and speaks Swedish, Italian and some Arabic.
Niklas main expertise lies in facilitating market-led interventions for rural development and natural resource management and serves as the focal point for innovative programmes and approaches to enhance opportunities through private sector development and fund management instruments.
Niklas has over 20 years’ experience in implementing complex bilateral and multilateral development programmes and is an experienced project manager having served as Team Leader on long and short term assignments in Stockholm and for longer periods in the field.
He has previously held positions within the UN System as well as the Swedish International Development Agency. Niklas is fluent in English, Swedish and Spanish and holds a Majors Degree in Economics and BA in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Pontus is Business Area Coordinator for Civil Society. He is a senior Project Director and manages projects mainly in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with more than 25 years of experience from development work. Pontus has managed numerous large scale projects in the fields of PAR, PFM, HRM, Local Self-Government and Civil Society, financed by Sida, World Bank, EU, Danida and others. Before FCG Sweden, Pontus worked at Sida’s Department for Humanitarian Assistance and Department of Eastern Europe.
Pontus is proficient in Swedish and English, commands Russian and German and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from Uppsala University.
Robert is the Business Area Responsible for our work within Land Administration. He has more than 20 years experience in management of land administration and natural resource management projects. Much of his work, both academic and professional, has been devoted to development activities in land administration and land management assignments. This work has also included related thematic areas such as forestry, agriculture, water management, gender, community empowerment and capacity building. His competence covers programme and project coordination and management including planning, design, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting and internal auditing. As project manager for several development programmes and projects in Europe, Asia and Africa he has provided backstopping to programme management where he fed ‘best practises’ of technical assistance into national development policies and regulations. He has been strongly involved in ensuring that development initiatives are targeted to the poorer sections of the communities. Robert has strong experience in capacity building and has served as coordinator for several international rural and peri-urban land administration training programmes. His experience also includes academic institutional development initiatives to meet national demand of trained land administration professionals. He has a M.Sc. in Land Administration and Natural Resources Management from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm.
Samantha became the Market Coordinator at FCG Sweden in January 2023. She currently mainly works with business and system development. Samantha initially joined the company as an intern in the Natural Resource Management department in August 2022.
She just graduated from an MSc. in International Development and Management from Lund University and has a Specialised Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development, with a focus on governance, from the Université de Montréal. Her previous experience include research on Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the Philippines, research on climate change and democracy, project management, and partnership development. She is fluent in French and English and is currently learning Swedish.
Sofia is a Junior Project Manager in the business area Monitoring & Evaluation. She has a Master’s degree in Peace and Development Work from Linnaeus University, as well as an undergraduate degree in International Relations from St Petersburg State University. Sofia has previous experience of volunteering for international organizations and working with international banking.
She is a native speaker of Russian, and fluent in English and Swedish.
Veronika is a Senior Evaluator, Monitor and Data Analyst and currently holds the position of Senior Project Manager at FCG Sweden. She has previously worked for several Non-Governmental Organizations and policy institutes in Europe, Africa and in the United States. She is also an independent evaluator for the United Nations Secretariat and the UNDP. She brings extensive experience with development consultancies in Brussels working as a key expert for the ACP-EU project Management Unit and the Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) of the European Commission for the Africa and Western Balkan region, evaluating and monitoring projects related to public administration reform, civil service reform, education, and civil society. Her wider expertise lies with SDG implementation, aid flows/ODA, human rights systems, UN reform, functions, organisation and structure of public institutions and administration (with expertise on human resource management, leadership and development). She has published several independent reports and articles with UN and EU partners as an editor and contributor.
Yahye Khalif is a junior consultant and project manager working at the Good Governance and Economic Development department at FCG Sweden. Since joining the organisation in January this year, he has worked extensively in the context of Somalia and Somaliland with supporting Somali civil society. Yahye has worked in part with managing the Sida Helpdesk for Democracy and Human Rights, conducting quality assurance of studies on various topics including human rights-based approach, public finance management and public administration reform.
Finance & Administration
Anita works in the administrative department. She is responsible for accounts payable, balance sheet account reconcilitations, contact with vendors and in- and outgoing payments.
Leo is the Chief Financial Officer for FCG Sweden and responsible for FCG Sweden’s financial management. He has 15 years of experience in Change Management and Leadership in Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Fintech and Economics. He holds an MBA from IE Business School and HKUST Business School.
Josefin is working with Payroll accounting and Office Administration.
Susanne works in the administrative department. She is responsible for project accounting, cost accounting, invoicing, project analysis, accruals, balance sheet account reconcilitations, contact with auditors and fund request payments.
Kankou joins the FCG Natural Resource Management Team as an intern for the Spring Semester 2023. She is currently studying in the Master of Science programme Sustainable Development at Uppsala University with a focus on water and natural resources. In her previous studies she has earned an Engineering Degree from the School of Applied Sciences RheinMain, specializing in International Technical Cooperation. She has gained experience in the development cooperation sector through an internship and further employment as a working student at GOPA Infra. She is fluent in German and English and is currently learning Swedish.
Yuliya is a new intern in the Monitoring and Evaluation department. She is currently completing her second master’s degree in Local Development at the University of Padua (Italy). Almost 10 years ago she received her first master’s degree in Public Policy (EHU, Lithuania), followed by an internship at the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Yuliya has extensive background in the third sector, having worked for the past 8 years as a project manager for an NGO dealing with the development and improvement of public administration. She also has expertise in evaluating projects related to civil society capacity building, collecting data and conducting interviews as part of programme and project evaluations.
In addition, Yuliya is an alumna of international programmes such as ”The East European School of Political Studies” (Lithuania, Hungary, France) and “Election Observation: Theory and Practice” (Slovakia, Ireland) and has volunteered in a training project for teachers from rural area.
Her native languages are Belarusian and Russian, she is fluent in English, has good knowledge of German and Ukrainian, basic Lithuanian, Italian and Polish