Our core team is led by Co-Directors Kevin Barthel and Dr. Malcolm Childress. We have a track record of global impact through thought leadership and research, both in senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank Group, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Land Tenure Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Global Land Alliance core team is supplemented by specialists with deep experience in the cross-cutting agricultural, urban and environmental themes that are impacted by property rights. Global Land Alliance’s qualifications position it as a global thought and innovation leader in the land tenure and property rights space.

 

Leadership and Operations Staff

MALCOLM CHILDRESS  |  Co-Executive Director  SENIOR PRACTICE MANAGER, URBAN AND ENVIRONMENT  Malcolm Childress is a multi-disciplinary land resources specialist with 30 years of global experience, including urban and rural property rights, and strategy for managing critical global ecosystems. His focus areas include land policy and governance, land markets, land registration, property taxation, cadastral systems and spatial planning.

MALCOLM CHILDRESS | Co-Executive Director
SENIOR PRACTICE MANAGER, URBAN AND ENVIRONMENT

Malcolm Childress is a multi-disciplinary land resources specialist with 30 years of global experience, including urban and rural property rights, and strategy for managing critical global ecosystems. His focus areas include land policy and governance, land markets, land registration, property taxation, cadastral systems and spatial planning.

KEVIN BARTHEL  |  Co-Executive Director  SENIOR PRACTICE MANAGER, LAND ADMINISTRATION  Kevin Barthel, a Global Land Alliance founder, has over 30 years of experience as a professional geographer focused on property rights and land policy to promote economic development and sound natural resource management, including a focus on emerging technology.

KEVIN BARTHEL | Co-Executive Director
SENIOR PRACTICE MANAGER, LAND ADMINISTRATION

Kevin Barthel, a Global Land Alliance founder, has over 30 years of experience as a professional geographer focused on property rights and land policy to promote economic development and sound natural resource management, including a focus on emerging technology.

CHRISTEN CORCORAN  |  Communications & Operations Manager   Christen Corcoran has experience in political science research and communications. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Universität Bremen and Jacobs University, with an area of focus in Rule of Law. Christen served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco where she worked in the youth and gender development sector. She speaks German and Moroccan Arabic.

CHRISTEN CORCORAN | Communications & Operations Manager

Christen Corcoran has experience in political science research and communications. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Universität Bremen and Jacobs University, with an area of focus in Rule of Law. Christen served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco where she worked in the youth and gender development sector. She speaks German and Moroccan Arabic.

 

Land Administration

VICTOR ENDO   Víctor Endo is a land administration specialist with 25 years of experience in the legal and institutional components of land regularization, registration and land governance in general. He is the regional Coordinator of the World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework for LAC region. He is the founder of Administracion del Territorio, a consultancy firm based in Lima.

VICTOR ENDO

Víctor Endo is a land administration specialist with 25 years of experience in the legal and institutional components of land regularization, registration and land governance in general. He is the regional Coordinator of the World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework for LAC region. He is the founder of Administracion del Territorio, a consultancy firm based in Lima.

LAURA BERMUDEZ   Laura Bermudez is a cultural anthropologist with ten years of experience in qualitative research, M&E systems, community involvement and an emerging interest in land tenure security and rural development. She focuses on developing context-specific research, assessments and monitoring systems that deliver actionable data. She is based in Munich, Germany and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.

LAURA BERMUDEZ

Laura Bermudez is a cultural anthropologist with ten years of experience in qualitative research, M&E systems, community involvement and an emerging interest in land tenure security and rural development. She focuses on developing context-specific research, assessments and monitoring systems that deliver actionable data. She is based in Munich, Germany and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.

GERMAN ZAMARA   Germán Zarama is an attorney and MA in international relations, with extensive experience in rural development, land governance in conflict scenarios and working with vulnerable populations. He has advised different projects in the public and private sectors in Colombia as well as international organizations such as the OAS.

GERMAN ZAMARA

Germán Zarama is an attorney and MA in international relations, with extensive experience in rural development, land governance in conflict scenarios and working with vulnerable populations. He has advised different projects in the public and private sectors in Colombia as well as international organizations such as the OAS.

 
DAVID VARELA   David F. Varela is an international consultant to governments and multilateral organizations with more than thirty years of experience in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Middle East. Mr. Varela has a particular expertise in the designs, supervision and evaluation of programs and projects financed by the international cooperation in the areas of governance and land tenure. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the US Agency for International Development, among other clients. Mr. Varela is presently Director of the Center for Economic Regulation and International Competitiveness of  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana  (PUJ) in Bogota, Colombia.

DAVID VARELA

David F. Varela is an international consultant to governments and multilateral organizations with more than thirty years of experience in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Middle East. Mr. Varela has a particular expertise in the designs, supervision and evaluation of programs and projects financed by the international cooperation in the areas of governance and land tenure. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the US Agency for International Development, among other clients. Mr. Varela is presently Director of the Center for Economic Regulation and International Competitiveness of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Bogota, Colombia.

DANIEL ROBERGE   Daniel Roberge has experience public administration, land reform, land infrastructure, land information systems, land governance, e-government, digital economy, strategic advice and planning, change management in the public sector, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

DANIEL ROBERGE

Daniel Roberge has experience public administration, land reform, land infrastructure, land information systems, land governance, e-government, digital economy, strategic advice and planning, change management in the public sector, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

 

Community-Based Resource Management

CYNTHIA BERNING   Cynthia Berning is a project management professional with expertise in land tenure, agriculture, irrigation and rural finance projects. She has worked for ten years in rural development and project management with MCC, Peace Corps and USAID. Cynthia has extensive field experience in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and speaks French, Spanish and Moroccan Arabic

CYNTHIA BERNING

Cynthia Berning is a project management professional with expertise in land tenure, agriculture, irrigation and rural finance projects. She has worked for ten years in rural development and project management with MCC, Peace Corps and USAID. Cynthia has extensive field experience in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and speaks French, Spanish and Moroccan Arabic

LOGAN SANDER   Logan Sander is a professional forester and researcher whose work in forest management, land rights and agriculture spans North Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He works with NGOs, universities, land trusts, companies and private landholders to bring creative solutions to land issues and projects.

LOGAN SANDER

Logan Sander is a professional forester and researcher whose work in forest management, land rights and agriculture spans North Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He works with NGOs, universities, land trusts, companies and private landholders to bring creative solutions to land issues and projects.

MARTIN BAILKEY   Martin Bailkey is an urban planner with 18 years experience in community-based food systems, including project planning, development and assessment, with a primary focus on urban agriculture and creating supportive environments for city and peri-urban farms.

MARTIN BAILKEY

Martin Bailkey is an urban planner with 18 years experience in community-based food systems, including project planning, development and assessment, with a primary focus on urban agriculture and creating supportive environments for city and peri-urban farms.

Prindex

DAVID SPIEVACK   David Spievack is a research and strategy consultant to non-profits and impact investing firms. He has conducted research and written on a variety of topics, including property rights, individual empowerment, systems thinking, resilience theory, privacy, politics, media, and more. Prior to consulting, Spievack led research and marketing analytics at PayPal and Visa. He has a B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in History from Columbia University.

DAVID SPIEVACK

David Spievack is a research and strategy consultant to non-profits and impact investing firms. He has conducted research and written on a variety of topics, including property rights, individual empowerment, systems thinking, resilience theory, privacy, politics, media, and more. Prior to consulting, Spievack led research and marketing analytics at PayPal and Visa. He has a B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in History from Columbia University.

DR. DAVID SARFO AMEYAW   Dr. Ameyaw is a monitoring and evaluation specialist and project management professional. Dr. Ameyaw is the CEO of the  International Center for Evaluation and Development  (ICED), an Africa-based international think-tank that combines research and innovation with extensive practical experience in evaluation for development in the Global South.

DR. DAVID SARFO AMEYAW

Dr. Ameyaw is a monitoring and evaluation specialist and project management professional. Dr. Ameyaw is the CEO of the International Center for Evaluation and Development (ICED), an Africa-based international think-tank that combines research and innovation with extensive practical experience in evaluation for development in the Global South.

DR. DENYS NIZALOV   Dr. Nizalov is an Impact Evaluation agricultural, rural & regional Development and Specialist with more than 15 years’ experience. He is the Senior Land Governance Adviser for Prindex where he supports research and country engagement on land tenure security. Nizalov worked as a Program Director for “Supporting Transparent Land Governance in Ukraine” World Bank. Nizalov holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 2006.

DR. DENYS NIZALOV

Dr. Nizalov is an Impact Evaluation agricultural, rural & regional Development and Specialist with more than 15 years’ experience. He is the Senior Land Governance Adviser for Prindex where he supports research and country engagement on land tenure security. Nizalov worked as a Program Director for “Supporting Transparent Land Governance in Ukraine” World Bank. Nizalov holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 2006.

Community Land Access and Security

 
HANNAH SHOLDER   Hannah Sholder is a housing, community and economic development specialist. Since 2009, she has been working with a formerly displaced community in Bangladesh on a strategy to improve their housing conditions and land security. Since 2016, Ms. Sholder has also apprenticed with a 98 year old urban farmer in Silver Spring, MD and is helping preserve the property through the creation of a land trust and an agricultural education center. Ms. Sholder is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds undergraduate degrees from Wellesley College and Masters' from UC Berkeley.

HANNAH SHOLDER

Hannah Sholder is a housing, community and economic development specialist. Since 2009, she has been working with a formerly displaced community in Bangladesh on a strategy to improve their housing conditions and land security. Since 2016, Ms. Sholder has also apprenticed with a 98 year old urban farmer in Silver Spring, MD and is helping preserve the property through the creation of a land trust and an agricultural education center. Ms. Sholder is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds undergraduate degrees from Wellesley College and Masters' from UC Berkeley.

 

Board of Directors