Global Expert Network

Acorn International’s network includes top social and environmental management practitioners around the globe. We are proud to collaborate with internationally recognized experts in such fields as:

Health, Safety and Environment: Management Systems


Air emissions modeling


Marine Biology


Oil spill modeling


Spill response planning and capacity building


Oil field waste management


Pipeline development assessments and planning


Field operations


Social Performance and social risk management




CSR and Sustainability


Cultural heritage

Our Friends and Collaborators Include:



Mr. Goldman has over 40 years of experience as an Engineer and Consultant for operational Health, Safety and Environmental programs, including PSM, SEMS, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance.



Dr. Philippe’s key activities are Training, Capacity Building, Due Diligence Audits, and all permitting activities (Baseline surveys, EIAs, Strategic EIAs). He has 33 years of experience in environmental & financial risk consulting, working for the Industry (Oil & Gas, Mining, Manufacturing), and governments in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.


Mr. Loreti is the founder and Principal of The Loreti Group, an environmental consulting firm assisting clients on issues surrounding sustainability, energy, and climate change. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, serving industrial, government, and non-profit clients.


Mr. Barclay has over 25 years of experience in international consulting, specializing in involuntary resettlement for large, oil and gas, mining, petrochemical and infrastructure projects.


Mr. Cammarata, principal of Timberwood Consulting, LLC. Prior military service and over thirty-five years experience in onshore and offshore oilfield operations, project management, and business development.
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Assignments throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and South America to include startup of new businesses and operations in five countries and due diligence field assessments associated with acquisitions of unconventional oil and gas resources.


Mr. Bidjo is a senior professional with many years of experience in management of various aspects of projects and stakeholder engagement, primarily in the oil and gas industry.
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His career experience includes extensive and successful engagement in government affairs, stakeholder alignment and HSES while advancing to a position in general management.


Ms. Bebbington is a senior external affairs director with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, particularly in challenging political and security environments and in both operating and contracting organisations.

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She now runs her own non-technical risk management consultancy, Audire Consultants. She is Director of the John Smith Trust, which runs programmes in good governance, the rule of law and social justice and is on the Board of a charity supporting a major cultural heritage project in Iraq.


Ms. Tootle possesses more than 25 years of public and private industry managerial experience and has developed and implemented strategic business plans and workforce programs with Fortune 100 companies in aerospace, oil and gas, and chemicals.
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At Shell, Nancy served as the U.S. External Relations, Social Investment Manager and as Social Performance Advisor for Shell Exploration and Production. Her focus included all Unconventional assets in the U.S. including divestitures. Ms. Tootle has presented at numerous venues, ranging from the Johnson Space Center, to the National Science Foundation, to Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business. She has also published in the Society for Human Resource Management HR Magazine and Mercer Human Capital Management. Nancy’s recent focus areas have included overseeing sustainability and environmental conservation programs, company Foundation management and business risk assessment.



Dr. Mallen is a senior CSR executive with +19 years of experience in community organizing and +10 years of experience in the extractive industry in Latin America.
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She specializes in helping companies develop and implement social management systems that embed respect for human rights in operational systems. She is an expert on due diligence, social impact studies, involuntary resettlement, work with indigenous communities, local content and security issues in conflict areas. Her work emphasizes stakeholder participation, strategic investments on community development that measure RoS (Return on Sustainability), public-private partnerships, and anti-corruption and transparency strategies. To ensure the continuity of these systems throughout the life-cycle of a project, her approach centers on transferring social management knowledge to company teams.


Mr. Cousins is founder and Managing Director of Bluedot Associates Ltd. He has 20+ years’ experience delivering coastal and marine biodiversity assessments and action planning, ESIA studies, ICZM and marine spatial planning studies, teaching and capacity building.
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He has worked across Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and has delivered studies for offshore wind farms, submarine cables and pipelines, ports and harbour developments, dredging and disposal, upstream offshore oil and gas, coastal development and defence, climate change, coastal habitat creation, shoreline management, protected areas management, etc.



Dr. Boakye-Agyei is a Health, Safety, Environment and Security Management (HSES) professional with more than 20 years of experience in supporting Oil & Gas and other extractive industries on occupational health, safety, social and environmental sustainability performance and strategies.
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Kwame currently chairs the HSES section of the Ghana Upstream Oil and Gas Chamber, and consults for international projects focusing on Oil and Gas safety and risk assessments, environmental and social impact assessments, and regulatory compliance safeguarding the social license for extractive operations in Africa. Recent engagements include working for Kosmos Energy as the Regional HSES Director for operations in the Africa region and consulting for the World Bank in Washington DC.


Ms. Hall is a bilingual environmental and social risk management specialist based in France. A civil engineer who specializes in the nexus between environmental and social risk, she is a multidisciplinary expert with 20+ years of experience in 20+ countries, notably across Africa and the MENA region. 

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Hermione has worked in mining, electricity and water infrastructure, energy efficiency, agriculture, river basin management, and on humanitarian projects in war zones. Having worked on numerous projects financed by international finance institutions, she has excellent knowledge of the World Bank environmental and social safeguards and the IFC performance standards. Her experience managing international, multidisciplinary teams including economists, engineers, environmentalists, sociologists, anthropologists, and legal experts has given her a deep background in technical and non-technical risk management.



Dr. Satiroglu is a specialist in social impact assessment and resettlement, with 15 years of experience. Worked in various energy, water resources, transportation and oil projects in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Skilled in stakeholder engagement, social risk analysis, land acquisition and resettlement planning with a gender perspective in line with the World Bank and IFC safeguard policies.


Mr. Wouch has more than 30 years of global environmental, health, safety (EHS), social investment, and sustainability experience in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, used oil recycling, manufacturing, renewable energy, electric transmission, construction, remediation, and real estate development.

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Martin has managed and supported projects and organizations with risk management, EHS management systems, EHS compliance and management systems auditing, sustainability, due diligence, corporate social responsibility, indigenous people issues, spill response planning, training, regulatory compliance, and conformance with international financial institution requirements. He has worked on projects from the planning through abandonment stages coordinating with all levels of management, operational personnel, multi-disciplinary teams, government officials, community representatives, and NGO’s.

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