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Monitoring, Evaluation

and Technical Assistance

in Fragile and Active Conflict Areas

Conflict Management Consulting (CMC) provides M&E, technical assistance and research services in fragile, conflict and post-conflict areas. We work for international organizations, governments and civil society, deploying multi-national and highly specialised teams of experts. Our staff in Brussels, Istanbul, Washington DC, Yangon, Islamabad, Abuja and Kigali have provided services to clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Eastern and Western Africa and South Asia. Our in-house staff and global network of consultants offer in-depth thematic expertise on peacebuilding, stabilisation, countering violent extremism and migration.


CMC provides services in the following areas to governments, international organizations and civil society groups

Project evaluations, impact assessments and future recommendations

Deploying highly specialised skills in navigating fragile and active conflict zones, we have conducted mid-term and final evaluations at the project, policy or regional level in the field of peacebuilding, stabilization, countering violent extremism and migration.

Development and implementation of M&E frameworks

To allow clients to prioritise resources, and to support increased accountability, ownership and effectiveness, we have facilitated rigorous, but user-friendly results

frameworks, performance indicators and reporting mechanisms.

Quantitative and qualitative surveys in fragile and active conflict zones

Leveraging our web of partners on the ground, and drawing on years of experience, we have conducted quantitative and qualitative research projects in the most challenging places.

High-level advisory services on peacebuilding, stabilisation, countering violent extremism (CVE) and migration

In the fields of peacebuilding, stabilisation, CVE and migration, we have developed and applied innovative concepts and tools to provide data-driven and strategic high-level advisory services.

Third Party Monitoring in conflict states and hard-to-access areas

In hard-to-access areas, we have pioneered the approach of Third Party Monitoring, allowing stakeholders to extract critical information through CMC’s trained and mentored partner organisations.

Mentoring local partners and drawing on their perspectives

To strengthen long-term capacities, we have provided on-the-job mentoring to local entities on engaging with peacebuilding and conflict management. At the same time, our direct and continuous work with local partners allows us to draw on and appreciate local and national perspectives in the work we do.

“Driven by curiosity and a commitment to delivering high quality outputs, we have become a rapidly emerging player in our field”

What We Do
Where we work


Over the years, we have carried out projects in a broad variety of geographic areas and countries, including:


Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman


Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Darfur, Horn of Africa (Kenya and Somaliland), Ethiopia, Mali, Central African Republic, Great Lakes region (Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi), Zambia, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria

South Asia

Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar


Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Greece

Who we work for


Our previous and present clients include (but are not limited to):

Examples of our work
About Us


CMC was founded in 2014, building on years of independent consultancy experience. Since then, we have continued to attract seasoned experts and emerging talents, and we have grown a global roster of local and international consultants. We have also established partnerships with organisations on the ground in critical areas, including Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic, the Great Lakes region and Somalia. Our blend of in-house expertise and global and national experts allows us to tailor-make highly specialised teams for each individual assignment.

Values We Pursue

  • We pioneer participatory approaches wherever we can. We involve and consult relevant stakeholders either in-person or remotely to promote sustainable solutions that are owned by the people they affect

  • We gender mainstream everything we do to see that all voices are heard and to leverage the potential of both women and men

  • We strive to Do-No-Harm and always practice conflict sensitivity to make sure that our interventions count towards peace

  • We deliver high quality deliverables so clients want to work with us again

“Conflict Management Consulting (CMC) provides M&E, technical assistance and research services in fragile, conflict and post conflict areas”


Our Team

CMC is a global team of experts providing Monitoring, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance in Fragile and Active Conflict Areas


Maria Hrimech

Managing Director (Antwerp)

Maria Hrimech is CMC’s Managing Director. She has extensive experience in the international development sector. With over ten years of experience, she implemented several development programmes and conducted numerous research and monitoring and evaluation studies focusing on fragile and conflict-affected states. As Managing Director, she develops and implement CMC’s strategy and provides day-to-day leadership to CMC’s staff globally and delivers a range of programmes across various regions. She works as senior research and evaluation expert, providing technical services and advice to key international development actors, including donors, governments, and civil society organisations.

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André Kahlmeyer

Founding Director (Brussels and Istanbul)

André specialises in context analysis, monitoring & evaluation and impact assessments of development and conflict transformation activities. He is particularly interested in the nexus between defence, diplomacy and development, regularly working in fragile and conflict-affected environments. He provides advisory services to international organisations (NATO, UN, EU), as well as foreign ministries and aid organisations and INGOs. He was previously also employed by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, GIZ and the EU.

Working in English, French, Arabic and his native German, André has academic degrees in Middle Eastern/Islamic studies, Political Science and War & Conflict Studies.

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Milena Isakovic Suni

Head of Quality and Research (Brussels)

Milena has over a decade of experience in programme and evaluation management, including for EU-funded projects and regional programmes, as well as UN, GIZ and OSCE projects. She is particularly interested in civil society development, social inclusion and human rights issues, including access to services for persons with disabilities and minorities.


Fluent in Serbian, English and French, Milena has an M.Sc. in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

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Erico Sato

Lead, Africa team (Kigali)

Erico is an Japanese development and media consultant, specializing in research, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), civil society capacity building in fragile environments. She has over 10 years of experience in humanitarian relief and journalism, and since 2011, she has worked in Eastern, Southern and West Africa. 


Previously, she was responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring various humanitarian projects including Community Safety, Early Warning and Early Response (EWER), and Psychosocial Support (PSS). She has also conducted various project evaluations, Women Safety Audit (WSA), conflict analysis, and local Media capacity research across Africa. Erico has academic degree in Political Science in UK, and she is fluent in English and her native Japanese, and her basic competencies in German and French.


Kristian Svendsen

Head of PeaceTech and Senior Expert (Copenhagen and Barcelona)

Kristian specializes in digitalization in development and humanitarian programming from data-informed and technology-enabled programming to front-line digital transformation in fragile and conflict-affected environments. He is particularly interested in how our digitalized world presents drivers for peace and conflict; but has also done research on the security-nexus between climate crisis and conflict.


Kristian provides advisory services in remote M&E, data literacy and digital transformation, and can develop digital publications, dashboards and visualizations for better programme decision-making and learning. He is fluent in English and Danish, and proficient in Spanish and German. He is Cand.soc in Global Studies.


Simla Dai Calas

Finance and Admin Manager (Istanbul)

Simla has worked in international development for the past four years, in a variety of roles across operations, administration and project management.  She was responsible for coordinating finance, compliance, logistics and Human Resources processes across a wide portfolio of Turkey-based projects supporting the Syrian crisis. Simla is originally from Turkey, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marmara University in International Relations.


Additionally, Simla is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media and Journalism from Marmara University, specifically focusing on the intersection of law, media, politics and diplomacy. She speaks Turkish and English.

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Michael Josten

Senior Analyst (Munich)

As a specialist in the design and implementation of social research, Michael draws on a broad set of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Throughout his career he has been managing several large-scale research projects for governments, international organisations and private companies in different contexts, both in the EU as well as in fragile states.

Michael has a background in sociology, statistics and survey methodology and pursues a special interest in exploring the needs of marginalised groups in conflict-affected countries. He is fluent in English and his native German and proficient in Spanish.


Dr. Dorly Castañeda

Senior Analyst & Lead, the Americas (Washington DC)

Dorly specializes in peacebuilding and international cooperation. Her main interest is how development programs can help societies to build peace. She has over 10 years of experience working as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington DC, conducting impact evaluations for the European Union, strategic evaluations for civil society organizations in Colombia, public policy analysis in Senegal and EU foreign policy analysis in France.

Fluent in Spanish, French and English, Dorly holds a PhD in Political Sciences/International relations from Sciences Po Paris, a Master’s degree in international relations and a BA in Economics from Los Andes University (Bogota).


Nathan Balla

Analyst (Abuja)

Nathan is a context analysis expert, specialized in quantitative and qualitative research for fragile environments, with experience in C/PVE, resilience and peace programming for conflict affected communities in Nigeria’s North-East as well as Performance Monitoring for Development initiatives in other parts of Nigeria and Africa.
He designs monitoring systems for health and humanitarian interventions, undertakes political economic analyses, conflict analyses, capacity assessments and impact evaluations, focusing on strategies for knowledge and adaptive management. He holds a Masters Degree in Development studies, is fluent in English and versed in Nigerian languages.


Sarwat Jahan

Head of Pakistan team (Islamabad)

Sarwat Jahan specialises in project management, transition initiatives towards stability, livelihoods, Education, gender mainstreaming and community mobilization across Pakistan. Before joining CMC, Sarwat spent 24 years working with international and national organizations. She worked for four years as a Chief of Party for the USAID funded project Independent Monitoring and evaluation where she led the team of 120 members and supervised five offices. She is honoured with the Inspirational woman’s Award by Creative Associates due to her continuous efforts in CVE initiatives.  Her native language is Pushto, and she is fluent in English, Urdu and Punjabi.

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Cecilia Campana

Framework contract and business development manager (Rome)

Since 2015, Cecilia has been working at the acquisition and management of Framework Contracts funded by different Donors. Her specialization includes drafting proposals, building partnerships and managing external aid assignments comprising all stages of the Project Cycle. She worked in sectors such as reconciliation and peacebuilding, human rights protection, fight against corruption and organized crime, enhancement of the role of civil society.

Cecilia holds a MA’s degree in International Relations and a diploma in International Project Management. Italian native speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish and has an intermediate knowledge of Russian. 

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Peter Fromberg

Business Development Manager (Berlin)

Peter is a business development expert, with a strong background in programs. He has considerable experience in developing business, partnerships and designing programs for both humanitarian and development organizations. His expertise includes designing business development strategies, donor and partner mapping, proposal/bid development, along with program implementation. Peter’s primary focus has been on the MENA region, with a specialization in gender, employment promotion and labour rights along with humanitarian programming and the HDP Nexus.

Peter holds a MA in Middle East Studies, and is fluent in Danish, English and intermediate in German.


Ahmad Sheraz

Analyst (Islamabad)

Ahmad is an Analyst providing research on peace and tolerance in Pakistan. He has previously worked on a long-term Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Research & Analysis project in Pakistan. His academic and professional training have equipped him with expertise in project management, data analysis and report writing. He also has strong qualitative and quantitative methodological skills. 

Ahmad has a Master’s degree in Business and Administration from Quaid I Azam University Islamabad. His native language is Punjabi and he is fluent in English and Urdu.


Cheyenne Ong

Junior Analyst (London & Singapore)

Cheyenne specialises in development, security and risk in fragile and conflict-affected zones.  Having previously worked on a range of projects in her native Singapore, she has gained relevant government and consulting experience in the national defence and foreign affairs fields. 


Cheyenne is a native English speaker and fluent in Chinese and French. She continues to build her research capabilities as an LSE Southeast Asia Centre grant holder and LSE History Research Assistant and is currently also completing her degree in History and International Relations at the London School of Economics.


Dominik Emil Drosten

Analyst (Stockholm)

Dominik is an expert on the protection of civilians (with particular focus on the prevention of violent extremism) and gender, on which he is currently also working on a PhD.


He has worked with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) on Peace Operation effectiveness and been engaged at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and University of Tromsö. As an officer, he has been deployed to African countries and the Middle East.


He holds a Master in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) (Columbia University, Uppsala University, Ruhr-University Bochum) and Bachelors in Political Science & History.


Sicki Hamadoun

Analyst (Mopti)

Sicki is an expert in conflict analysis and transformation with substantial work experience in the Sahel region and Francophone Africa. He is regularly supporting humanitarian and development interventions through conflict analysis and do-no-harm advise. He also organises workshops and capacity building activities for local NGOs and communities affected by conflicts and disasters, especially in his native Mali, and in Niger and Burkina Faso. Currently, Sicki is providing CMC’s full-time conflict sensitivity advice to USAID’s humanitarian work in Mali.


Isabella Duque

Junior Analyst (Paris)

Isabella specializes in project management in the humanitarian and development sector. As a Colombian, she is passionate about conflict resolution, disarmament and the achievement of sustainable global peace. Having worked on projects in Latin America and Africa, she advocates for the development of emerging countries and protection of human rights. 


Isabella is a native Spanish speaker, and fluent in French, English and Portuguese. She holds a degree in Public Law and Political Science (Catholic University of Paris), a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy (France) and a Master's degree in International Program Management (IRIS Sup', France).

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Mouna Guidiri

Technical Expert (Morocco)

Mouna Guidiri has an academic background in development economics and has built her professional experience in the migration field in Morocco and beyond, focusing on the humanitarian-development nexus. She has managed projects oriented towards assistance and inclusion of vulnerable migrants. Mouna holds an advanced master degree in development evaluation and management from the University of Antwerp. She is interested in methodological aspects of evaluation and their adaptation to fragile and complex contexts, especially in Northern, Western and Central Africa. 

Mouna speaks Arabic, French and English, is proficient in Spanish and currently learning Portuguese.


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Sara Bedri

Peace Tech Intern (Copenhagen)

Sara has worked in strategic communications and social media monitoring in the private and non-profit sector. Originally from Sudan, over the past four years she has assumed different communications roles in the private and non-profit sector in Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Denmark. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Digital Communications Leadership with a focus on technology management. Her dissertation examines the intersections of peacebuilding, technology and the civil society in the context of the politically transitioning Sudan. She is fluent in Arabic and English.


Bobby Lambert

Senior Associate (Ireland)

Bobby has 40 years’ experience in development and humanitarian action, much in senior posts, with NGOs and universities. Bobby works on strategic planning, governance, evaluation, management and capacity development, with participatory, people-centred and community-led approaches; through research, facilitation, training, workshops, mentoring and evaluation. Thematic areas include the international humanitarian system, risk-informed programming, resilience and shelter. Clients include UN, Red Cross, NGOs and Donors.  

A Chartered Engineer, he has a Masters in Public Health Engineering.

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Henry Wathen

Senior Associate (Geneva)

Henry Wathen is a specialist in conflict management with more than 20 years of experience working with the EU, Swedish government actors, think-tanks and civil society. While specialising in the Caucasus, Henry also worked in the Balkans, Iraq, as well as in Stockholm and Brussels. Henry has considerable thematic expertise in advice, mediation, civil-military relations and law enforcement cooperation.

Henry is fluent in Swedish and English, speaks Russian and has knowledge of Arabic, Armenian, Azeri and Georgian. Presently, he is on leave from Sweden´s Folke Bernadotte Academy and studying theology with the University of Uppsala.


Dr. Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet

Senior Associate (Brussels)

Emmanuel-Pierre has twenty years of experience in security and police cooperation, including anti-terrorism, peace operations and fundamental rights. He has regularly worked as adviser to the European Union and its Member States, including the French Ministry of Defence. Emmanuel-Pierre holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations and has worked as assistant professor in France, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has published widely on political violence, gender activism, conflict transformation and the prevention of youth marginalisation and violent radicalisation.

He is fluent in French and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.


Susana Carrillo

Senior Associate (Country Lead Peru)

Susana worked for more than 20 years with global organizations on social and economic development in more than 15 countries, including fragile and post-conflict countries. Susana is passionate about facilitating multi stakeholder engagement to promote sustainable development.

Fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, she obtained a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies (George Mason University, USA); a master’s in Social and Economic Development, Graduate School of International and Development Studies (Switzerland), a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University, USA).


Philomène Remy

Senior Associate (Paris)

Philomène specializes in peacebuilding and diplomacy. She has 8 years of experience working in conflict affected countries especially in the Central African Republic, Mali, Gaza, Iraq and Syria. She was also based for three years in India as Southeast Asia bureau chief of France 24. She is particularly interested in the nexus between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors.

Fluent in English and in French, Philomène is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in human rights and humanitarian action at Sciences Po Paris, holds a Master’s degree in journalism and a BA in Corporate Finance.


Mauricio Ríos I.

Senior Associate (Washington, DC)

Mauricio O. Ríos is both a communications and conflict specialist with more than 20 years of experience in international development, particularly working for the World Bank. Mauricio has designed and implemented integral communications strategies for public and private sector clients. His work includes conflict-sensitive communications, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, marketing and fundraising, for a variety of global programs across a range of sectors, including corporate communications; energy and extractives; transport and digital development; governance; forests, environment and climate change.


Mauricio is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with a working knowledge in Portuguese.

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Jim Newkirk

Senior Associate (Belgrade)

Jim has conducted over 40 evaluations and impact/outcome assessments for international agencies (the EU, Sida, a number of UN agencies, ADC), governments and NGOs (CARE, Kvinna till Kvinna). While specialising in the Western Balkans, Jim has also worked in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Vietnam, Laos, Georgia and other contexts. He has experience working on regional and global evaluations, for example for the Civil Society Education Fund, part of the Global Campaign for Education. He was commissioned several times for evaluations of country development programmes, including Swedish development cooperation in Albania and Kosovo. He has an MBA degree in Organisational Change.


Charles Forbes

Senior Associate (Malmö)

Charles has many years’ experience of specializing in crisis management and prevention, and in security and risk assessment, including advisory and consulting roles with the EU, the UN and with INGOs. For the past five years, Charles has worked with humanitarian projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has worked with the NRC emergency response unit, and with ECHO in natural disaster and conflict mitigation.

Charles holds a master’s degree in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester, UK. He is fluent in English, with strong French language skills.

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