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2020 Evaluation Team

The 2020 Evaluation Team is composed of the following independent evaluators:

Dr. Tilmann Disselhoff

Tilmann Disselhoff holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and has received scholarships from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German National Academic Foundation. For over a decade, he worked as consultant for the European Commission, the German Federal Environmental Ministry, the German Federal Environmental Foundation and other clients.

In recent years, Tilmann has focused on conservation financing and private land conservation. He currently coordinates the European Land Conservation Network (ELCN), an EU-wide network of organisations active in private land conservation.

Mariella Fourli – Evaluation Team Coordinator

Mariella Fourli holds an MSc in Natural Resource Management. Her career has spanned over 22 years and focusses on biodiversity conservation and protected areas in Europe, as well as Latin America and Africa. She worked for six years as member of the external monitoring teams for LIFE-Nature, getting hands on experience with the implementation of Natura 2000. She also gained significant experience in evaluation and team management skills as coordinator of the LIFE-Nature evaluation team for two consecutive years.

Mariella currently works as a consultant for various international organisations, including the European Commission, providing support for biodiversity-related issues. In parallel, she manages Microsfere, an NGO that she founded in 2007, which focuses on biodiversity conservation and rural development in two protected areas in Ghana in West Africa. She has been the coordinator of the Natura 2000 Award Evaluation Team since 2014.

Claus Goldberg

Claus Goldberg holds an MSc in Biology and a BA in Social Studies and Civics. His areas of expertise include habitat and species protection, international agreements and conventions on nature protection, and the national implementation of these agreements. Claus was responsible for implementing the Habitats Directive in Denmark between 1992 and 1997. Claus also previously worked as a consultant for the European Commission in evaluating LIFE applications, and as project manager on the ‘Wildlife and Sustainable Farming Initiative’, a project focusing on the biodiversity benefits that Rural Development Policy (RDP) measures can bring.

As project manager in a number of projects, Claus has assisted with the implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives in various countries including Estonia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Croatia and Poland. He also has experience in evaluating funding related to nature and agriculture, including LIFE and RDP funding.

Ana Guimarães Ferreira

Ana Guimarães Ferreira holds an MSc in Animal Diversity Conservation and a Diploma in Biology. Her areas of expertise include mammal ecology, wildlife tourism and scientific illustration. She has worked for eight years as a member of the external monitoring teams for LIFE-Nature and has more than 15 years of experience as a LIFE application evaluator, three of them as deputy coordinator of the LIFE-Nature evaluation team.

Ana currently works as a consultant for several international organisations, including the European Commission, providing support on infringement procedures and complaints regarding the application of environmental law in Portugal as well as other biodiversity-related issues, including compliance assessments of Operational Programmes for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Funds and RDP with the Birds and Habitats Directives. In parallel, she works as a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) auditor for the Smartwood European Office/RainForest Alliance.

Zuzana Guziova

Zuzana Guziova holds an M.Sc. in Forestry and Game Management from the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has 33 years of post-university professional experience, working in the field of nature conservation planning, coordinating and managing biodiversity related projects funded through various grant schemes (GEF, EU LIFE, bilateral assistance, Slovak Aid) and implemented by government agencies, NGOs as well as multilateral organisations. Zuzana has participated in the coordination of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in Slovakia since 1993. From 1993-1998, she was head of the national Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Secretariat and Project Management Unit at the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.

Since 2001, she has worked as a biodiversity policy specialist, capacity building expert and project manager on many projects, including four LIFE-Nature projects, focusing on biodiversity policies, capacity building, developing the Natura 2000 network in Slovakia and bird conservation.

Sira Jiménez-Caballero

Sira Jiménez-Caballero holds an MSc and a postgraduate diploma in Biology and has more than 20 years of experience as an international consultant. She has provided technical assistance for nature conservation and sustainable development to a number of international organisations, including the European Commission, UNEP and IUCN, and has worked on the design, implementation, management and evaluation of projects in the EU, the Mediterranean region, Latin America and Africa.

Sira’s experience as ex-ante and ex-post project evaluator includes 10 years in the LIFE-Nature evaluation team, and she has recently participated in other calls for proposals launched by the European Commission, including the LIFE-Integrated Projects, the ENPI-CBC MED strategic projects for integrated coastal management and the EMFF calls for a Blue Economy. She has taken part in the LIFE Growth and Jobs study, with an assessment of LIFE projects from the ecosystem services perspective.

Boriana Mihova

Boriana Mihova has more than 20 years of experience in nature protection and sustainable development projects. Graduating with an MSc in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Sofia, she worked on her PhD thesis, the ‘Origins of life’, at the Institute of Philosophy of the Bulgarian Academy of Science. In 1991, Boriana joined the IUCN’s East European Programme as Project Facilitator for Bulgaria. Since 1997 she has been a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas.

Boriana gained practical experience in protected area management as leader of a number of projects, including managing national parks and establishing Natura 2000 sites both nationally and in Croatia and Kosovo. This work also included two years of on-the-job training in project management, monitoring and evaluation delivered by the Zurich Nadel Institute. Since 2002, Boriana has been working as a freelance consultant and has recently specialised in project development and evaluation work.