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Core Delivery Team


Mike Colby recently returned to USAID/Washington, joining the Land Resources Management Team in USAID’s Office of Natural Resources Management as Senior Natural Resources Economics and Enterprise Development Advisor. Mike brings a systems approach to integrating ecological, economic, organizational, and social concerns into development planning. He has served as Cross-Cutting Policy Advisor and Finance & Economics Team Leader in USAID/Cairo’s Egypt Environmental Policy Program (2000-2003); Senior Environmental & Social Policy Advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department (on multilateral development banks and the UN Conventions on POPs and Climate, 1998-2000); and Environmental Planning Advisor to USAID’s Asia/Near East Bureau (1996-1998). Previously, he worked in the strategic planning offices of The World Bank, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Joint Commission of U.S./Canada. He also helped found two NGOs, including the Willapa Bay Alliance in Washington State, which became a nationally-recognized model of private/community partnerships for NRM and sustainable development. 15 Swierenga_masks

Mike holds a Doctorate in Social Systems Sciences from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College, and has written several internationally-noted publications related to sustainable development. He is also an award-winning nature and sports photographer, more recently focusing his lenses underwater.


Andy Drumm is an environmental and ecotourism specialist with 15 years experience in both private and non-profit sectors — principally in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has coordinated multi-sectoral alliances for conservation and created an award-winning ecotourism business. Andy joined The Nature Conservancy in 1998, where he has created numerous tourism planning and management tools; has developed a tourism user fee initiative for conservation finance at protected areas in Mexico, Belize and Bolivia; and has provided technical assistance on ecotourism business development and tourism management in protected areas to partner organizations internationally.

Andy holds a Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies from Avery Hill College in London, England and a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Environmental Studies from the City of London Polytechnic. He is working toward an M.Phil/Ph.D in Environmental Sciences. His thesis topic: “Integrated Impact Assessment of Nature Tourism in the Ecuadorian Amazon”; thesis financed by USAID Project.


Carol Hansen provides technical and planning support to USAID’s Office of Natural Resource Management through the Natural Resources Information Clearinghouse, based at Chemonics International. Prior to joining Chemonics, Carol spent 20 years with the federal government stateside. Most recently she worked as an environmental planner and outreach coordinator for the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she coordinated multi-agency teams in developing and implementing watershed-based nonpoint source management plans, and provided soup-to-nuts coordination of water quality conferences and trade shows on special detail to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I. She also coordinated a New England pilot project for the Henry Wallace Institute National Agricultural Policy Project, which assessed policy, infrastructure, management, and funding changes needed to better support sustainable agriculture. Prior to that, Carol worked with the USDI National Park Service both at its Coastal Resources Research Center in New Jersey, and as Water Resources Planner at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where she teamed with regulators at the Delaware River Basin Commission to develop precedent-setting anti-degradation regulations for the Middle and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational Rivers. She holds a B.A. from Harvard College in Environmental Studies and obtained an M.A. in Geography/Coastal Resources Management from Rutgers University.


Peter Hetz is an expert in community-based natural resources management, governance, land tenure and property rights. He lived and worked in Africa between 1977 and 1995, working on land and natural resources management programming, with a strong focus on protected areas, conservation, and community-based natural resources management. For many years, (eco)tourism has been considered an appropriate tool for community benefit sharing and economic growth. His work began with a fellowship for the Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and focused on some of the country’s earliest efforts to engage pastoralists of northern Kenya and customary land tenure practices in conservation programming. Since that time he has worked in conjunction with the Universities of Nairobi and Makerere in Kampala, and with the African Wildlife Foundation, CARE-International, and the EU/TANAPA. His last residential assignment in Africa was in Tanzania where he worked as an advisor to the Tanzania National Parks on tourism planning, management, EIA, interpretive design and training, and the development of community conservation services, extension education, and benefit sharing program while based in the Serengeti National Park. Peter provided the design concepts for the Serengeti, Manyara and Tarangire National Park interpretive facilities for visitors.

Peter has been a full-time employee of ARD, Inc. since 1996, and was Chief of Party for the USAID-Bulgaria Biodiversity Conservation and Economic Growth Project (BCEG) between 1999 and 2004. A major part of the BCEG Project promoted ecotourism as an economic growth and conservation tool. That effort resulted in significant economic benefits to rural communities bordering protected areas, and a national ecotourism strategy and investment plan based on the formation of regional ecotourism associations/clusters that was adopted by the GoB.

Peter holds a dual Bachelors degree in International Relations and Ecology From Brown University, and a dual Masters (M.Ed. Adult Education, CBNRM and Property Rights) from Boston University.


Roberta Hilbruner has been a Communication for Development Specialist with USAID’s Office of Natural Resources Management since 2000. She manages GreenCOM, a global project that has worked in over 40 countries for the past 11 years to scale up development impact through social change processes. She also manages AgCOMM, an agricultural communication project, and chairs the USAID Sustainable Tourism Working Group.

Before joining USAID, Roberta worked for the USDA/Forest Service for over 25 years as a recreation planner, natural and cultural history interpreter, and public affairs officer. She was Project Manager for design and construction of an award-winning visitor center in the Columbia River Gorge and while serving in the Forest Service national office, she managed the Smokey Bear fire prevention program. She brings this recreation experience to her leadership of the USAID global tourism program.

Roberta graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Technical Journalism and holds a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in Recreation Resource Management.


Neel Inamdar is an Ecotourism Business Advisor at Conservation International (CI). He has over 15 years experience in owning and operating tourism facilities, and has been fortunate to work both in the non-profit and for-profit world. He acts as a liaison and advisor between private corporations and non-governmental organizations. Before coming to Washington, Neel was the Ecotourism Business Advisor at the African Conservation Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was responsible for developing and streamlining CI’s engagement with the tourism industry to utilize the value chain in support of conservation in CI’s hot spot countries. Earlier experience includes serving as Executive Director at the Turtle Bay Beach Club in Watamu, Kenya, and as Managing Director at Eco-Resorts in Nairobi, where he created Kenya’s first “green” fossil fuel independent safari camp using solar power and implemented extensive conservation programs linking visitors to local indigenous people. Neel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.


Bill Meade is a Vice President with PA Government Services in Arlington, Virginia. Bill heads PA’s environment and tourism units in the Infrastructure and Development Services practice. He has 20 years of international development experience and has led assignments supporting government agencies, industry associations, and private companies in the design and implementation of environmental impact assessment, environmental management, sustainable tourism, ecotourism and tourism planning. He has directed assignments in the Caribbean, Central America, Near East, and Asia for USAID, InterAmerican Development Bank, World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He has also assisted private hotel companies and chains to develop corporate and property-level environmental management programs, including achievement of Green Globe 21 certification. Bill is currently Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Rural Enterprises, Agriculture and Community Tourism (REACT) project in Jamaica, designed to reduce poverty and spur economic growth through the development of new (and improvement of existing) environmentally sound rural enterprises in Jamaica’s two largest industries — agriculture and tourism.

Bill holds a B.A. in Energy and Environmental Studies from Brown University, and has attended graduate and professional training courses in environmental law, environmental auditing, pollution prevention, and rural environmental management. Bill sits on the Governing Council of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, chairs the board of the Certified Hotel Environmental Manager, and is a guest lecturer at George Washington University and Cornell University.


Jacqueline E. Schafer is Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), United States Agency for International Development; she had previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the EGAT Bureau. She has over 30 years’ experience in environment and natural resources policy and program management in federal and state government.

Prior to her appointments at USAID, she served as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in the cabinet of former Governor Jane Dee Hull (1999-2002). She previously served as Director of the California Department of Fish and Game, Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board and in the Office of Governor Pete Wilson (1993-1999). Prior to that she was Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment), appointed by President George Bush, and a Member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council on Environmental Quality. She also served in the Reagan Administration as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2. From 1971-1982 she worked in the U.S. Senate as a Professional Staff Member with the Committee on Environment and Public Works for Senator Robert T. Stafford (R-VT) and earlier for Senator James L. Buckley (C-R, NY). She is a graduate of Middlebury College (AB, Economics) in Vermont.





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