DROPSTONE is providing advisory services to governments, national and local authorities, humanitarian organisations, development agencies, NGOs, foundations and the private sector.
The company aims at accompanying clients throughout the project cycle until its successful completion, thanks to experienced and professional advice. Particular attention is given to meet objectives within budgets and deadlines. A solution-oriented spirit allows adapting flexibly to fast changing environments, shifting priorities and challenging field realities.
DROPSTONE is supporting the private sector and related foundations in implementing their corporate social responsibility in a successful way. The integration of social and environmental concerns in business operations and a company’s interactions with the full range of its stakeholders are given highest priority. Targets are reached thanks to an open dialogue with communities, identification of competent local implementing partners, the support of relevant and self-sustainable programmes, and the sharing of values through dedicated capacity building programmes.
DROPSTONE Sàrl is a Swiss private company registered and established in Geneva in 2013.
Meet the team
Patrick is a geologist and hydrogeologist by education. He has twenty-seven years of professional experience, acquired first in Switzerland as a scientist in applied research, and then internationally, working as a chief of project or a senior manager, with long-term assignments in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Haiti, Nepal and Sudan. He has extensive field experience in Africa, the Middle East, Far East, South Asia and the Balkans. He was previously employed by the ICRC, SKAT_Consulting, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the NGO Helvetas.
Olivier recently graduated in Geology and Hydrogeology from Swiss Universities. He has performed during his studies numerous field investigations including pumping tests and interpretation of underground water reserves and borehole performance. He has acquired a wealth of practical experience during his research work, in particular related to complex karstic aquifers.
Hala Moughanie is Dropstone’s partner. She is based in Lebanon and has 12 years of experience in public strategy building on local and national levels in addition to public reform and public governance. Her work experience also covers the design and implementation of development projects, project management, networking and communication strategies, coordination and monitoring & evaluation activities. Hala is the managing director of Madina for Service Development, a consultancy firm founded in 2016 with a mission to support public institutions in enhancing service provision (picture courtesy Karam Ayach).
Luca Willig brings several years of expertise in mediation and peace process support, including with the UN Mediation Support Unit in New York where he coordinated support to mediation and dialogue processes in Central and West Africa, including Mali during the negotiation phase of the Algerian-led peace process. From 2016 to 2018, Luca spearheaded Switzerland’s efforts to support the implementation of the Malian peace agreement, based out of Bamako. He has extensive knowledge of the Malian conflicts and a wide-ranging network of contacts on the ground, including among the three signatories of the peace accord, the members of the international mediation and other relevant stakeholders. In his programme portfolio, he managed a project aimed at boosting the participation of Malian women in the implementation of the agreement. A native French speaker, Luca is trained in conflict resolution, peace mediation, project management and evaluation.
Maud Krafft is consultant to Dropstone. After an MA in political science, Maud spent 20 years working on behalf of the Swiss government. She focused on refugees, migration, culture and public health matters. She then became the country representative of Swiss NGOs in South East Asia and West Africa. She is senior consultant since 2016 and provides advice to institutions, NGOs and the private sector on program management, evaluation, institution building and strategic policy. She is particularly well-acquainted with West and Central Africa (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Senegal, Central Africa) thanks to her field missions. Maud’s working languages include French, German, English and Italian.