Who we are

Who we are

We are committed to delivering services that make a difference: directly, to the work of humanitarian and development organizations, and indirectly, to the hazard resilience of South and South-East Asia’s communities. We are a team of passionate independent consultants who know local cultures, who have project management experience, who are thorough analysts and able communicators.

Motivated by the idea that we can contribute to making communities safer, healthier and better prepared for risks and hazards, we joined forces to deliver the in-depth analysis and hands-on advice that organizations seek. Our aim is to produce well-written and sharply analyzed reports and to make recommendations that can be followed through – with and to the benefit of vulnerable communities.

To deliver such meaningful assistance, we limit the focus of our work in two ways: First, we only offer services to a region that we know. This is grounded in the firm belief that a sound understanding of local conditions and cultures is a prerequisite for successful development work. Second, we focus on elements that contribute to strengthening resilience. While this crosses over several ‘traditional’ sectors – such as disaster risk management, health, and livelihoods – resilience is our analytical lens. In the context of a changing climate and its associated challenges, we think such a focus is crucial to make a lasting difference to local communities.

Our team comprises both consulting and implementation experience – this mix enables us to provide clients with hands-on recommendations that can actually be carried out.

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Patrick Bolte

Patrick BolteWith a background in political science and South-East Asian studies, management experience in both development and humanitarian work as well as in consulting, Patrick founded Banyaneer in 2010. Building on sharp analytical and professional reporting skills and a passion to alleviate suffering, he sees Banyaneer as an effective tool to back-up practitioners in their efforts.

Samadhi Marr

Samadhi MarrSamadhi studied International Development and Communications and has over ten years of management experience in international development and emergency response. She has strong skills in project management, communications for development (C4D), capacity-building, and qualitative research, and has recently returned from a posting in Myanmar. 

Dr Boris Orlowsky

Floyd BarnabyWith a background in climate science and a PhD from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Boris has been contributing professional statistical analysis to many Banyaneer studies as well as strategic input. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Zurich and a founding member of climate consultancy climate-babel.org.

Marten Mylius

Marten MyliusWith a background in political science and  nine years of experience with Oxfam and CARE, Marten has worked in advisory and senior management positions in major emergencies and in countries repeatedly struck by  disasters. His expertise includes rapid needs assessments, response analysis and strategy, institutional preparedness, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Based in New Delhi, Marten has in-depth knowledge of South Asia as well as Vietnam, and is a highly effective trainer, evaluator and facilitator.

Dewi Sitompul

Dewi SitompulWith degrees in public health and health education and project management experience in a range of organisations, Dewi is a highly professional practitioner and analyst. Her expertise also includes water and sanitation and disaster risk management.

M. Fitri Rahmadana PhD

M Fitri RahmadanaAn economics and statistics lecturer at Universitas Medan (Indonesia) with management and relief experience from the Red Cross, Fitri is our numbers man. He analyzes the results for the quantitative components of all our studies; whenever available, he also conducts quantitative field research.

Sally Moore

Sally MooreWith a background in nursing and a Master in Public Health, Sally has 20 years of experience in public health and international development. Amongst others, she has worked with CARE, the Red Cross and AusAID, and is a skilled facilitator and evaluator in the areas of public health, HIV, epidemic control and disaster risk reduction.

Our pool of consultants extends to many other professionals with expertise in livelihoods, food security and nutrition, relief, organisational development, health, gender, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and community development.