Our team

Livelihoods Management Team

A team of experts with more than 10 years of experience in impact finance

Bernard Giraud

President & Co-Founder

Former Vice-President of Sustainability & Shared Value Creation, Danone with robust experience in sustainable suppy chains.

Bernard has played a pivotal role in integrating social responsibility in Danone’s core strategy and continues to be a Senior Advisor on Sustainability and Shared Vaue Creation for Danone.

Guillaume Bouculat

Chief Operating Officer

Guillaume is an experienced finance director who has spent the first years of his career in Europe and Latin America.

Graduated in environmental economics, he has helped design the business models of Livelihoods Carbon funds as well the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. He manages the Development & Technical teams of Livelihoods.

Eric Servat

Sustainable Sourcing VP

Eric has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector and 7 years of experience in NGOs.

He has set up private-public partnerships in the cocoa, spices and tropical oil supply chains in West Africa & South East Asia and now leads the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F). 

Jean-Pierre Rennaud

Advisor & Co-Founder

Jean-Pierre is an experienced biochemical engineer and business developer who has spent 30 years in Danone in leading management roles. 

Prior to co-creating Livelihoods Venture, he has played a key role in Danone’s sustainable development strategy as Danone’s Environment Director.

Jean-Pierre is also the former President of the French agronomic Institute SupAgro in Montpellier. Today, he is also President of the Scientific Committee of  Planet A agriculture platform.

Christine Porta

Finance Director

Christine has more than 20 years of experience in B2B finance & administration.

Specialized in innovation, environmental & social issues, she holds a dual MBA degree  from the French Business School EM Lyon and the University of Texas in Austin. 

She also holds a Master’s  in Engineering & Environmenal Management from Mines-Paris Tech. Christine leads the financial team of Livelihoods Venture.    

Julian Galindo

Head of Carbon Projects

Originary from Colombia, Julian is an agronomist with 15 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative models to support smallholder family farmers, worldwide. 

He has worked for 7 years with international NGOs in rural development, natural resources management and value chain, leading high added value projects in the field in Asia, Africa, Latin America. 

Today, he leads Livelihoods Carbon projects which are implemented across all continents. 

Livelihoods Project Management Team

A team of agronomists, engineers & finance experts with hands-on experience

Sarah Megahed

Senior Development Manager

Sarah is an Egyptian-British national with more than 7 years of experience in the commodity market, international supply chains and specialied in social impact financing.

She holds an MPA in International Development.

Sarah has played a key role in structuring the pipeline and financial model of Livelihoods Carbon Fund 2, launched in 2017. She leads the partner relationships and structuring of the 3rd Carbon Fund.

Jérémie de Charentenay

Senior Development Manager

Jérémie holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Environmental Economics, from leading Frech University AgroParis Tech. 

He has worked for CDC Climat and Deloitte, as well as a management consultant in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

He pilots large-scale L3F projects for sustainable supply chains , including Livelihoods Coconut project in the Philippines.

René-Charles Coumès

Senior Project Coordinator

René-Charles is an experienced agricultural engineer holding a DEA & PHD in Agrochemistry. 

He has lived 15 years abroad and has managed impactful carbon footprint and water sustainability projects. René-Charles has managed 3 plants in 3 different countries. He has spent 15 years in Danone, including as a QSE manager.

Nirmal Beura

Senior Project Coordinator

Nirmal has more than 16 years grassroots experience working with rural communities in India and Afghanistan, developing market-linked smallholder programmes that link agriculture, natural resources, and livestock. He holds an MPA in International Development  (Cornell University).

Nirmal leads the mangrove and agroforestry projects of Livelihoods across Asia. 

Maribel Narvaez Gallardo

Senior Partnership Manager

Maribel is an experienced chemical engineer holding an international MBA. 

She has developed complex projects in Africa, Latin, America and Europe, including with UN agencies to promote sustainable economic growth focusing on strategic food chains.

In Livelihoods team, Maribel establishes key public-private co-funding partnerships and plays a key role in structuring our funds.

Thomas Braschi

Senior Developement Manager

Thomas has been committed in the sustainable agricultural value chains, multiple stakeholder projects and impact investing for the past decade. He leads Livelihoods vanilla sustainable supply chain project in Madagascar.

He is also structuring sustainable agriculture and forestry carbon investments in Africa & South East Asia, and designing innovative financing facilities for scale-up in emerging and advanced economies.

Thomas is the former France Director of “2 Degrees Investing Initiative” & Managing Partner of GreenFlex and BeCitizen (Rothschild Group), two environmental and impact investment consulting firms. 

Jean-Pierre Manchego

Project manager & business developer

Jean-Pierre is a strategy entrepreneur graduated from Sciences Po in CSR and ESSEC Business School.

In Peru, his home country, he has previously founded PRODESO NGO to empower family farmers and preserve biodiversity.

In Livelihoods team, he leads rural energy projects with strong impact for local communities, across Africa and Latin America.

Rosa-Maria Vidal

Social impact Lead and Senior Project​ Coordinator

Rosa-Maria is a Mexican conservationist with 30 years of experience. She leads large-scale rural energy and watershed preservation projects of Livelihoods, in Guatemala and Mexico.

Rosa is specialized in landscapes management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Back in Mexico, she has founded a prestigious NGO to improve the lives of the poorest communities.

Within Livelihoods team and together with our partners, she leads our Monitoring & Evaluation activities focusing on the social impact of our projects. She plays a key role on the definition and implementation of our social impact KPIs including farmer income, gender equality, women and young rural communities empowerement.

Nicolas Fabre

Senior Agroecologist & Project Coordinator

Nicolas is an experienced agroecologist with 18 years of experience, specialized in sustainable rural development and water management. 

He has worked with public authorities, NGOs, international development funds, mostly in South America.

Within Livelihoods team, Nicolas leads our watershed project in Brazil and plays a transversal key role on regenerative agriculture and biodiversity preservation. 

Danny Torres

Senior Carbon & Project Coordinator

Danny is a forestry engineer with 15 years of experience in forestry reasearch, silviculture, project management. 

He has worked as a CDM project Director in Colombia, his home country and led impactful forestry projects while at ONF International (REDD+, CDM, Voluntary Carbon Market).

Maïkov Dumas

Senior Project Coordinator

Maïkov is an experienced agronomist in reforestation, biodiversity preservation, and social project management.

He founded FORESTEVER NGO to develop agroforestry & reforestation projects with indigenous communities in the Amazon.

He has worked 10 years in UP2Green Reforestation NGO. He leads key Livelihoods agroforestry projects across Africa.

Jonathan Domarle

Jonathan Domarle

Senior project coordinator

Jonathan is an agronomist specialized in tropical agriculture and rural development. Since 2003, he has been engaged for the improvement of rural population living conditions all around the world. 

Over the past 17 years, Jonathan has been working for international NGO, farmers’ organisations and micro-finance institution in 9 countries of Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. Jonathan plays a key role in identifying and designing  ambitious development programs for Livelihoods.

Finance, Administration & Communication Team

Elise Maurin

Executive Assistant

Elise has graduated from an Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development.

She has previously worked as CSR Coordinator at Suez Eau France where she focused on facilitating access to water for the most vulnerable communities. 

She has worked several years in Ireland and Italy where she also volunteered in organic farming. 

Youssef Abdelmalak

Senior Finance Officer

Originary from Egypt, Youssef has more than 13 years of experience as Chief Accountant and 5 years in the private sector. He has worked as a Treasury Accountant and Manager in the banking sector in the Middle East.

He holds Diplomas in Accounting Management obtained in France & Egypt. Highly involved, Youssef operates Livelihoods Funds treasuries, and also deals with human resources and administration.

Inès Sheikh Suliman

Finance Officer

Inès is an experienced multilingual Finance Officer who holds a dual Master’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management  from Aleppo University, Syria and Anger University, France.  She is also certified as a public accountant.

Expert with numbers and with a strong passion for social impact, Inès is highly involved in the transversal finance administration of Livelihoods  and the carbon verifications for Livelihoods Carbon Funds projects.

Marion Daras

Director of Communication & Network

Marion has spent 14 years in Greece,  her home country. 

She holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management & Translation and has 6 years of experience in marketing, communication, business development in both multinational and start-up companies.

Passionate about social impact, and interculturality, she is highly involved in helping Livelihoods grow as a reference actor in impact financing.