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 more than twenty-five 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.
Marie-Caroline is a geologist (PhD) and hydrogeologist (MSc) with 10 years of experience in water quality, combining field and laboratory work, characterization of pollution and solutions elaboration. She started her career in Chile, working for a private company where she was in charge of studies to assess the environmental impact of extractive industries, and then carried on in Geneva, where she is from, working for the Geological Service of the State, before joining DROPSTONE in June 2019. She is now very much involved on the hydrogeological projects of the company in Switzerland.
Javier graduated in cartography and geomatic sciences at the Metropolitan Technological University of Santiago in Chile. He has more than 15 years of professional experience, gained first in Chile as a cartographer and GIS specialist for the National Geological Survey and the extractive industry, and then in Switzerland as an IT specialist and GIS analyst. Javier joined Dropstone’s team in September 2020 and brings his support in the production of georeferenced maps, underground water models, and also the organisation and planning of field campaigns. Javier speaks Spanish, French and English.
Based in Dakar, Senegal, Theo brings 18+ years of professional experience in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Humanitarian & Development Aid, as well as Community Affairs / Corporate Social Responsibility in the petroleum industry. He has worked for the United Nations, international NGOs and the private sector in support of local communities and governments in West & Central Africa, Central & South East Asia and Haiti. Theo’s working languages include French, English and Spanish. He is a Fulbright scholar and has a Master of Science in Environmental Management.
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 brings 10+ years of experience in peacebuilding, mediation, and humanitarian affairs, with both headquarters and field positions in government, the United Nations and international NGOs. From 2016 to 2018, he spearheaded Switzerland’s efforts to bolster peace in Mali and Niger based out of Bamako. Before that, he coordinated support to mediation and dialogue processes in Central and West Africa with the UN Mediation Support Unit. From 2009 to 2014, he worked as humanitarian with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan and the Central African Republic and at the headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières. A native French speaker from Switzerland, Luca has degrees in international relations, conflict resolution, and management for the non-profit sector. He currently consults on peace and security issues based out of Geneva.
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.