ODS’ connection to the not-for-profit world stems from the experiences of its team members. Aside from being respected consultants, each of the team members has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector, both in Brussels and internationally. For each project, we determine together with the client which of our colleagues are the best fit for the job and the organisation.

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Team Members

Ioana Banach

Operations and Strategic Management Lead

Ioana Banach is the Strategic Management and Operations Lead in ODS, and is tasked, among others, with spearheading our strategic initiatives, providing guidance on programme management, and promoting value-driven HR policies. Ioana is dedicated to nurturing a collaborative, horizontal approach to teamwork not only within our organisation, but also through her work with ODS clients.

Ioana has extensive experience in European affairs and feminist leadership, having led and co-founded multiple European organisations in the field of Green politics, women’s health and political activism.

Throughout her career, Ioana has initiated many European programmes to promote more and better non-formal education and capacity-building as tools to encourage political activism and citizens’ involvement in European democracy. 

Laurène Bounaud

Senior Consultant

Laurène Bounaud holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Toulouse and a Master’s degree in Political Science from La Sorbonne University in Paris. She built her career in a variety of roles and institutions, including politics, NGOs and media; looking for solutions, tools and ideas to "fix" inequalities in societies. With Humanity In Action - an international education organisation - she trained new generations of social-makers on minority rights, democracy and pluralism. As the former executive director of Transparency International France, she amplified people's voice through meaningful campaigns and lobbying and built effective collaborations with the public, corporate and non profit sectors to create collective impact. At a time when fake news and media distrust have become a major threat to democracy, she more recently supported the development of a French investigative media.

As we cannot "fix things" in broken societies without changing the way we work, Laurène believes in developing new systems that are more collaborative, more people-centered to create more impact and have collective victories. As a consultant for ODS, she enjoys connecting tools, research and practical solutions, mobilising teams and developing organisations on a human, organisational, advocacy and strategic level.

Nabila Habbida

Senior Consultant

Nabila Habbida is a Senior Consultant with ODS with 12 years of experience in EU affairs,
diplomacy and media. She specialises in EU foreign policy, peacebuilding and conflict prevention
and has extensive experience in advocacy, policy analysis, project management, research and
organisational development.

Before joining ODS, Nabila worked with various NGOs (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office,
Amnesty International, the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre) and the French
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a Master’s degree in EU policy from the Institute for Political
Science of Rennes and a Bachelor’s degree in International affairs and English studies from La
Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

She is passionate about justice, history, intercultural exchange and is interested in initiatives that
help us understand the human experience holistically. As a consultant, she enjoys work that aims
to build genuine, lasting alliances across sectors and looks to bring an intersectional and
decolonial lens to her practice.

Anna Cesari

Senior Consultant

Anna is an organisational development and evaluation consultant at ODS. Since joining in 2016, Anna has been responsible for leading projects to develop organisational, operational, and networking structures and capacity for NGOs and INGOs. Anna led and participated in evaluation and strategic review projects to better position organisations with their programming and operationalisation. Her thematic experience is focused on social justice, having advised organisations working on anti-corruption, human rights and social inclusion.

Previously, she worked in the field of artistic freedom of expression as Programme Development Manager at Freemuse, where she was in charge of overall global programme coordination and monitoring as well as new project development. Anna started to work with NGOs as Network Associate at the International Debate Education Association, where she was in charge of members and network management and she was responsible for coordinating network activities across Tunisia, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, the UK and the US, as well as serving as the internal Project Manager for the Brussels office.

Anna has an MA in Languages for communication in International organisations from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, a master in International politics from the University of Bologna and a BA in Business administration from the University of Florence. A native Italian speaker, Anna is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, having lived, studied and worked in Belgium, Spain and Australia.

Inmaculada Macías Alonso

Senior Consultant

Inmaculada is a Senior MERL Consultant at ODS with more than 10 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research and evaluations. She specializes in gender and diversity and has worked to further gender equality applying an intersectional lens. 

Before joining ODS, Inmaculada co-founded DialogueLabs, a consulting firm that specialized in helping organizations lead change and manage conflict effectively and she has consulted in the areas of education, leadership, digital inclusion, and the economic integration of women for clients in the public and private sectors in Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East, including UNWomen, the World Bank, and University of Chicago. She deeply cares about social impact and has volunteered long term for organizations such as Society of Gender Professionals, Red Cross, and Amnesty International, among others.

She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from IE University, a MA in Area Studies from Leiden University, and BAs in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and UNED, with research stays at George Washington University, the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Egypt, and CESA School of Business in Colombia. She spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. 

Wouter de Iongh


Wouter has a law degree from the University of Amsterdam, and has extensive practical organisational development experience. His qualities complement those of the rest of the team, allowing ODS to offer an even more comprehensive range of services. Within ODS, Wouter is responsible for network cooperation, communications & (social) media and strategy.

In the Netherlands, Wouter was a legal expert for several CSOs, including Victim Support Netherlands. After a move to New York, he worked as a Comparative Legal Researcher for US and international clients, and as a Marketing and Communications Strategist for start-ups with a focus on tech and healthcare. In addition to this, Wouter has worked as a freelance writer and journalist with a keen interest in international politics.

In the complex Brussels landscape, Wouter de Iongh enjoys navigating the political sensitivities as well as the financial, organisational and cultural challenges of CSOs, funders, media and EU institutions.

Veronika Horvath

Head of M&E

Veronika leads the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) practice at ODS. Keeping up to date with the evolution of this exciting field, she works with our clients in designing and applying MEL frameworks to strengthen their work. She also leads the evaluation of programmes and facilitates learning and capacity building around MEL.

Veronika has more than 7 years of experience in research and evaluation. Prior to joining ODS, she focused on policy research and analysis at RAND Europe. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Florence.

In her work, she is passionate about finding evaluation approaches and frameworks in which NGOs, funders and programme stakeholders recognise themselves. She enjoys facilitating participatory, horizontal and longer-term thinking around evaluation. Veronika is building ODS’s practice of working with MEL approaches that reflect the complexity of contexts, stakeholders and the dynamic aspect of NGO programmes.  Her work focuses on distilling insights from multi-method research into practical recommendations for the everyday decisions of our clients.

Zdena Middernacht

Senior Researcher

Zdena is a senior research consultant at ODS. She leads research intensive evaluations with a focus on qualitative research methodology and also provides research support to other areas of work including strategy and organisational development. 

She has worked for development and human rights NGOs in South Africa and Belgium and in development consulting focused on fragile states in Africa and Asia. Some of the organisations she has worked for include Khulumani in South Africa, Save the Children and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples’ Organisation (UNPO) in Belgium and Farsight (now Seefar) an international consultancy and social enterprise. Zdena is a thematic expert in intersectionality, transnationalism and development. This is also the focus of her PhD which she is completing with the University of Kent. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy and a B.A Honours degree in Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is a Zimbabwean native and speaks English, French and basic Dutch in addition to Ndebele and Shona. 

Zdena enjoys the holisism of organisational development work. She enjoys analysing the interconnections between the work of organisations and their macro and micro environments and assisting clients to find the balance that helps them achieve their goals.

Andrés Narros Lluch

Senior M&E Consultant

Andres is a Senior Evaluator with more than 15 years of experience conducting field-based participatory research and evaluations. During his career, he has always used qualitative social research (such as ethnographies of development, ethno-evaluations,  impact and process evaluations) as the spearhead to identify key issues and provide evidence to shape strategic directions of future programs. He enjoys unfolding alternative research methods (such as forum theaters or discourse analysis), fostering participation among local actors to help to decolonize and localize Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks.

Andres’ research experience is coupled with extensive experience in NGOs´ program management in settings such as Guatemala, The Philippines, Iran, Malawi and Chile. He has worked for organizations such as Action Against Hunger, Save the Children and The Spanish Agency for International Development, amongst others.

Andres earned his PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UNED (Spain). He was a visiting researcher at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and at the Cultural Anthropology Department of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), both part of the University of London. He was also an associated researcher at the Cultural Anthropology Department of the University of the Philippines and Xavier University (Mindanao). Andres’ work has been published in different books and international academic papers.

Lisa-Marie Salley

Senior M&E Consultant

Lisa-Marie is a Senior M&E Consultant with ODS. She specialises in qualitative research and feminist approaches to evaluation and has extensive experience working with a variety of NGOs, institutions and donors across the human rights and social justice field.

As a consultant, she has led and supported complex evaluation and baseline studies for She Leads, Kvinna till Kvinna, Protect Defenders, Count Me In!, OMCT, Choice for Youth and Sexuality and EPIM among many others. She has led on the review and design of organisational MEL practices including with FIDH, Front Line Defenders and the Public Interest Litigation Project.

Lisa-Marie also specialises in research ethics, with a focus on research with vulnerable groups. She works as an External Expert for the European Commission ethically assessing research projects involving humans with a focus on informed consent processes, data security, research environment and avoidance of harm. Lisa-Marie has conducted research on marginalised populations for organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Programme for Immigration and Migration and CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality.

As a native English speaker, Lisa-Marie has a Graduate Dipl. in Ethics and a Masters in Human Rights with a focus on reception systems for asylum seekers.

Hans Wolters

Associate Partner

Hans is one of ODS’ founders. He is an organisational development expert with an extensive track record in successfully advising non-governmental organisations and complex international networks. As such, he has been involved in reorganisations, change management, strategy development and assessments of a broad variety of organisations worldwide.

Hans is a political scientist by training and worked in both the Dutch and the European Parliament. Hans headed Greenpeace’s European Unit in Brussels as well as WWF International’s Organisational Development Unit near Geneva before becoming CEO of the Resource Alliance and COO of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French as well as German, and gets by in Italian.

Hans enjoys pinpointing organisational issues, advising senior managers and boards, improving stakeholder relations and helping organisations as a whole find the right way forward.

Eva Pollefort

Administration and Office Manager

Eva is our administration and office manager since May 2019. Contracts, phone bills, invoices, but also the search for the best fairly traded organic coffee, usually go through her hands.

She previously worked six years as an administrative assistant in a Japanese private company in Brussels. She also has former work experience in the sector of development cooperation (mainly in West-Africa), where she worked for various governmental, non-governmental, and private organizations.

Eva holds a master in Economic Science from the University of Bonn, Germany. She speaks French, German, and English, and has a basic understanding of Spanish and Dutch.

Eva enjoys being the “Swiss knife” of ODS, where, be it indirectly through many small actions, she can contribute to the development of a world where justice and the respect for our planet and its people receive more attention.

Marcelline Gakunu

Administration and Office Manager

Marcelline has joined us as an administrative and project management assistant.

She is a passionate philanthropist who has dedicated her life to making a positive impact in the world. She has travelled to various parts of Africa, working in local communities to implement sustainable projects that improves lives and conditions of the underprivileged. 
Her efforts have focused on providing access to education and mental healthcare in general.

Marcelline has previously worked for 3 years as a social and mental work expert in a mental health network and volunteered most of her youth time in different organisations in Brussels, such as Oxfam, Sida SOS and Les Petits Riens.

She holds a bachelor degree in social work and is currently attending a Master’s degree in Labor Sciences.