PROFILE
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A multidisciplinary team

The following staff members and experts are providing key expertise for the projects of Civic Consulting:

Dr. Frank Alleweldt
is Managing Director of Civic Consulting and has more than fifteen years of experience in leading economic and legal studies, evaluations, and impact assessments for the European Commission, European Parliament, and for other national and international bodies such as the OECD and the OIE. He specialises in leading and designing the methodology for multi-country and global studies involving interdisciplinary expert teams. Frank has authored and co-authored a large number of study reports and policy briefing papers as well as articles in scientific journals. He regularly presents study results at European and international meetings, including at the European Commission, European Parliament, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, and national governments. Frank has an academic background in environmental studies, economics, and political sciences and possesses a PhD from the Berlin University of Technology. He is fluent in German, English, Dutch, and Turkish, with some knowledge of Spanish.

Dr. Senda Kara
is Managing Partner and Scientific Director of Civic Consulting. She specialises in implementation of large-scale evaluation studies and policy research projects, with an emphasis on methodology development, designing, and planning of research projects, and stakeholder participation processes. Senda has managed various economic studies, evaluations, and impact assessment projects, covering all subject areas of Civic Consulting. Senda has authored and co-authored a large number of study reports and policy briefing papers as well as articles in scientific journals. She has an academic background in planning studies, sociology, and economics, and possesses a PhD from Berlin University of Technology. Senda is fluent in German, English, and Turkish, with some knowledge of Spanish.

Anna Fielder
is an associated senior consultant for Civic Consulting, providing expertise in analysis and reporting in consumer policy issues. Before becoming a consultant, she was Director of the Office for Development and Transition Economies at Consumers International. She established the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, which is a forum of 60 EU and US consumer organisations. In her close to 30 years of experience developing consumer research and policy analysis in many different markets, she has edited and authored several guidebooks, reports, policy briefings, and responses to governmental consultations as well as conducted speeches and presentations in the field of consumer protection. Anna speaks English, French, and Romanian.

Professor Ludwig Theuvsen
is an associated senior economist for Civic Consulting. He was part of the core team of several of our studies, such as a recent study conducted by Civic Consulting on medicated feed and a feasability study on animal welfare labelling and establishing a Community Reference Centre for Animal Protection and Welfare. He currently holds the chair of Management in Agribusiness at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Georg-August-University in Göttingen. He has served as a reviewer for a large number of national and international journals, conferences, and organisations. He is currently President of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) and of the Scientific Commission of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB). He is co-editor of the German Journal of Agricultural Economics. Ludwig is fluent in German and English.

Professor Martin Upton
is an associated senior livestock economist for Civic Consulting and has more than forty years of experience in studying, researching, teaching, and promoting agricultural production economics. He has taught these subjects both at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, from 1959 to 1965, and the University of Reading since then. Martin has published over thirty research papers on various aspects of farm and rural development and livestock production, including on the costs of livestock disease control. For example, he was a team leader of a study on the costs and benefits of the movement standstill regimes for FMD control for DEFRA in 2002/2003. Martin was the lead author of the economic analysis in a recent study by Civic Consulting for the OIE on the cost of National Prevention Systems for animal diseases and zoonoses.

Aysun Yahlier
is a business graduate and head of accountic and personnel management at Civic Consulting. She joined Civic Consulting in 2006. Aysun has a Master's Degree from Berlin University of Technology.

Nicholas McSpedden-Brown
is a consultant at Civic Consulting. His work has centred on expert interviews, survey design and evaluation, statistical and econometric analysis, focus/working group moderation, and literature analysis. Nicholas has contributed to a range of studies prepared by Civic Consulting with a European or global focus in the areas of consumer policy, the food chain, or the internet. He managed a scoping study on EU food safety and nutrition in 2050 for the European Commission, and previously conducted an evaluation for the French Development Agency (AFD) of partnership agreements it has signed with three international organisations in the field of animal health. He holds a master's degree in public policy and development from the Paris School of Economics, a maitrise in economics from University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne), and a bachelor of applied mathematics and social science from the University of Lyon. Nicholas speaks English, French, German and Spanish.

Agathe Osinski
is junior researcher at Civic Consulting where she contributes to evaluations and other research projects. Her previous work experience includes a traineeship at the European Parliament, where she cooperated with the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). She holds a Master in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a Master in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, U.K. Agathe is fluent in English, French and Polish, and has some knowledge of German.

Katharina Schmidt
is junior researcher at Civic Consulting where she contributes to cost-benefit analyses, market research and other projects. Her previous work experience includes a consultancy at the United Nations Environment Programme, where she worked for the Green Economy Initiative and cooperated with the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch. She holds a Master in Environmental Governance from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany, a Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology, and a Bachelor in Economics from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn, Germany. Katharina is fluent in English and German, and has some knowledge of French and Spanish.