Community Wisdom Partners was created in 2014 and is based in Barcelona, Spain. It is constituted by Chiqui Arregui, Katinka C. Van Cranenburgh and Rob Denny. For larger assignments, we collaborate with a small selected group of international development consultants.
Katinka (Dutch) is a specialist in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Research. She has over 16 years of corporate experience at Heineken in sub-Sahara Africa and South East Asia practicing stakeholder engagement, public-private healthcare partnerships, human rights and corporate philanthropy. As a social performance specialist, she has provided impact assessments, studies and strategy advice in the food & beverage, oil & gas, mining and NGO sector.
Katinka provides both in-house and online training, assessment and coaching for companies, regular lectures at business schools and in-house speaking assignments for companies and non-profit organisations. Katinka has served as vice-chair of the business board and member of the management team of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) from 2002 to 2014.
Researcher and visiting lecturer for the ESADE Institute of Social Innovation, she holds a PhD from Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, and a master's degree in International Business Administration (University of Amsterdam). She is fluent in English and Dutch and has good command of Spanish.
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Telephone: +34 655131325
Rob (British) is a sustainability professional working with the natural resource industry to address Social Risk. He has a background in CSR for extractives, governance and communications. He has been engaged with the extractive sector since 2006, following 12 years in international development and 6 years as a diplomat. He is currently consulting with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
He is experienced in quickly understanding complex social and political situations, and defining effective courses of action. He has managed community relations teams for major Mining and O&G companies, as well as development and humanitarian programmes for international NGOs.
Rob holds a Masters Degree in African Studies from SOAS (University of London) and a BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Conflict Transformation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He wrote his post-graduate thesis on the relationship between oil companies and local communities in the Niger Delta. He is fluent in English and Spanish, with a working knowledge of Portuguese, French and Swahili.
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Telephone: +34 664089772
Chiqui (Venezuelan/Spanish) is a senior social development specialist with 20 years of experience in supporting, managing and evaluating social outcomes.
Her 15 years of successful management experience in the Southern Africa region supports her understanding of the dynamic and often challenging contexts in which client projects unfold and the importance of strategic stakeholder engagement.
As a consultant she works with stakeholders to support their understanding of and capacity to manage social risks compromising outcomes and goals. She has assumed the role of strategic advisor and regularly performs social assessments, reviews and evaluations for large and complex operations with the view to enhance social performance. She brings clarity to the often-overlooked social heterogeneity and power relations. Chiqui is particularly interested in socio-economic and gender relations and sensitive to the need to recognise the role of youth.
Chiqui holds a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is proficient in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and has good command of French.
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Telephone: +34 673510208