Bruno Valfrey Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond" 

Chairman of Hydroconseil
Institutional / WASH / IWRM / private sector participation / evaluation / action research / knowledge products development expert
 32 years of experience

Bruno Valfrey holds an engineering degree and an MPhil in science. He has been a consultant with the Hydroconseil team since 1995. He primarily specialises in basic public services – drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste. He has also worked on integrated water resources management, irrigation, energy and climate change adaptation issues. Bruno has carried out numerous studies in the water sector in the broadest sense of the term: technical studies, institutional and socio-economic feasibility, M&E, case studies, action research, workshop facilitation, management model development, cross-sector studies, and lesson-learning. He also studied and monitored the construction of water supply and sanitation facilities in some 15 African and Latin American countries. In addition to his technical expertise, he is a recognized water and sanitation sector, institutional, and economic specialist. He has been involved in public policy development in more than a dozen countries and in formulating and evaluating more than 60 projects and programmes (most often as team leader). He regularly leads consultation workshops with water and sanitation sector stakeholders and contributes to sector monitoring by helping to draft national and international reports. He is also a lecturer and trainer, and has published some thirty articles and books. Since 2010, he has been the manager of Hydroconseil, of which he is currently the chairman. He is also co-founder of Urbaconsulting.


Cédric Estienne Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Managing Director of Hydroconseil
Institutional / water supply and sanitation services / solid waste management / works supervision expert / water and sanitation engineer
 29 years of experience

Cedric Estienne graduated from the national engineering school of “Arts et Métiers” in Paris. He has 28 years’ experience of working on the detailed design, tendering and works supervision of water supply systems and sanitation facilities.In addition to his technical urban and rural water supply expertise, he has extensive sanitation experience (wastewater and solid waste). Consequently, he often works as the team leader or technical expert providing consulting services to improve public services, in particular through private sector participation (concession, lease contracts, PPP). Cedric has also been involved a number of institutional studies on water and sanitation, including as the lead author of public policies in 10 countries.Throughout his career, Cedric has regularly provided capacity-building services, including for national institutions, sector stakeholders, local authorities, formal and informal private operators, and user associations. He has also worked on the preparation of master plans and management plans for various services (waste, drainage, sanitation). Cedric has provided consultancy services for OBA schemes (Output-Based Aid) to increase the number of connections to basic services in major cities such as Yaoundé and Douala (water), Casablanca (water and sanitation), Monrovia (electricity).He has been the Managing Director of Hydroconseil since 2016. He is also one of the co-founders of Urbaconsulting.


Audrey Crocker  Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Urban planner / water and sanitation expert
Member of the HYDROCONSEIL Management Committee


17 years of experience

Audrey Crocker has a dual degree in urban planning and urban utilities management. Her main areas of expertise are urban policies, urban services design and management (water, sanitation, waste), as well as institutional strengthening and coaching for public authorities.Audrey joined Hydroconseil in 2010. She uses her expertise to carry out feasibility studies and conduct programme evaluations. For a number of years, she coordinated a monitoring and evaluation project for a government water, hygiene and sanitation programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and led (for 8 months) the process to build the urban management capacities of Bangui city council. More recently, Audrey has been in charge of developing the socio-economic and urban components of various sanitation, water and waste management sector master plans.Her understanding of the city, urban planning documents and regional growth strategies enables her to assess the impact these elements may have on service extensions. Finally, her knowledge of evaluation mechanisms (theory of change, most significant change method, OECD criteria, etc.) provide her with a critical and contextualised overview of the programmes, projects and approaches implemented, particularly local development and capacity-building projects.Audrey has been a member of the Hydroconseil and Urbaconsulting Executive Committee since 2015 and has been the Director of Urbaconsulting since 2017.

Karim Barro  Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Socio-economist & Technical assistant in Burkina Faso


37 years of experience

Karim Barro is a socio-economist, who graduated from the Pan-African Institute for Development (IPD/AC) in Douala, Cameroon in 1994. He is currently working as team leader on the assignment to provide technical assistance to the project owner of the Eastern region drinking water supply project (PAEP-East) in Burkina Faso, a project co-financed by AFD and the Burkinabe government.Karim has been working on village and semi-urban water systems for more than 30 years. After gaining initial experience working as a facilitator, he has spent the last 15 years taking on more senior roles in a range of water supply projects. In addition to his socio-economic background, he has acquired sound experience of the technical aspects of water and sanitation, as well as expertise in the processes involved in setting up management models and capacity-building for the administration, local authorities, user associations and private operators.Karim has worked as team leader on IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities and carried out expert assignments on around fifteen major programmes in the sub-region, including in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad, working on projects financed by the Danish development agency, AFD, the European Union, KFW (German development agency) and WADB (the West African Development Bank).


Yannick Pradelles  Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Doctor of public health, hygiene and sanitation specialist,
Resident technical assistant, in Mauritania


34 years of experience

Yannick Pradelles is a public health doctor with over 33 years’ experience of assisting contracting authorities working within the water supply, hygiene and sanitation sectors. Yannick’s professional experience has been gained mainly in west African countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Benin, Niger, Mauritania), working for a French NGO (EAST), international consulting firms (NIRAS, COWI, Ecopsis and Hydroconseil) and as an independent consultant.Yannick has three key areas of expertise: social intermediation within water supply and sanitation projects (including CLTS and sanitation marketing); setting up project monitoring and evaluation systems; and institutional support. Yannick has developed this expertise by carrying out a range of activities including formulating, evaluating and implementing WASH projects and conducting studies. He has extensive experience of working as a resident technical assistant, providing contracting authority support to government agencies (2 years in Mali, 1 year in Mauritania and 7 years in Burkina Faso) and to local authorities (3 years in Burkina Faso and 2 years in Guinea). Over the course of his career, Yannick has developed specific skills in the fields of public finance management and sector-wide approachesYannick joined the Hydroconseil team in 2014. Based in Nouakchott, he is currently providing technical assistance to the National Directorate of Sanitation as part of the ‘5 wilayas’ program to improve access to water supply and sanitation in 5 of the country’s regions (a project jointly funded by the European Union and French Agency for Development).


François Touchais  Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Legal and Institutional Expert


22 years of experience

François Touchais has over 22 years of environmental law and water legislation experience. He has worked on a range of projects that focused on water resources, flooding, drought, drinking water and sanitation, waste, energy, climate change adaptation, coastal zones, and urbanism.
As an expert, he has carried out numerous institutional and legal water supply and sanitation, and water resource management projects. He provides technical assistance, institutional and public policy evaluation, water law development and capacity-building services.
He has coordinated a number of multimillion euro projects.
Over the course of his career, François has worked with the International Office for Water, Umweltbundesamt (the Austrian environment agency) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.
He has also worked as a consultant for UNDP, UNICEF, UNECE and GIZ.


Charlotte Kalinowski  Résultat de recherche d'images pour "logo linkedin rond"

Sector governance specialist / public service design and management expert


20 years of experience

Charlotte Kalinowski is a public law and political science graduate specialising in the design and management of public services, mainly water, sanitation and solid waste. She joined Hydroconseil in 2015 after having spent several years working for the largest sanitation authority in Europe (SIAAP).Over the course of her 19 year career, Charlotte has conducted national sector studies, defined national policies and strategies, and led the implementation of a large number of projects to structure sanitation services (technical, institutional, financial and socio-economic feasibility studies; project preparation, monitoring and evaluation; research; facilitating consultation workshops; developing concession contracts, etc.). She has also provided technical assistance to project owners on structuring and implementing urban development projects.She has extensive experience of the economic and institutional issues specific to the water, sanitation and waste sectors, both in large and small cities and in rural areas. Charlotte has worked in Africa, the Middle East and south-east Asia. She is currently based in Lebanon where she coordinates Hydroconseil and Urbaconsulting activities.