Our team covers a range of disciplines including social, environmental, agriculture, marketing, engineering, finance and administration.

Our team covers a range of disciplines including social, environmental, agriculture, marketing, engineering, finance and administration.

FCG ANZDEC has seven full-time staff members working in the headquarters, and more than 100 consultants and associates working in the field and from their home offices on ongoing projects. In the headquarters alone, there are seven different nationalities represented, together speaking some 15 different languages. FCG ANZDEC is also a charitable company, aiming to help communities and the environment both in New Zealand and worldwide. Recent examples of charitable initiatives undertaken by the team include a morning collecting rubbish among the mangroves of Auckland, a 50km walk for charity, planting of native New Zealand trees, and sponsorship of a turtle named Maya. These are in line with our company philosophy that sustainable economic development must benefit society as well as the environment.

Ana Ilić

Chief Executive Officer

Ana is a Serbian by origin, with New Zealand citizenship. Ana’s educational background includes a Master of Commerce in Marketing, University of Auckland (2008); Master of Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland (2010); and a Master of Commerce in Management (2001) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management (1998) from University of Belgrade. Ana has a track record in micro- and macro-economic development: company and project management, sector competitiveness, policy and strategy development, capacity building, and stakeholder engagement. She has several academic and commercial research publications and her interests are in services marketing. Ana is fluent in Serbian, Croatian, and English.

Ana Ilić

Marites Grupo

Finance Manager

Marites is an experienced contract administrator handling projects supported by multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP), World Bank (WB), Australian Agency for International Development Aid (AusAid), and regional agencies in the Pacific. She has 10 years of experience in financial accounting and a diverse experience in project administration and project accounting.

Marites Grupo

Jessy Gaudry

Senior Project Manager

Jessy joined the team in 2014, and since then she has managed successfully more than 10 projects in Asia and in the Pacific for ADB, WB, SPC, UNDP, FAO and MFAT. Projects managed include project design and implementation projects for agriculture development, marine resources management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Jessy holds a Master’s Degree with honours in Engineering from France, and a post-graduate certificate in Industrial Management (first class honours). Her project management skills are backed by two project management certifications: IPMA (French) and PRINCE2 (international). Following her passion for sustainable development, she also completed an online course on Tropical Coastal Ecosystems from the University of Queensland, Australia. She worked as a volunteer in 2011 and 2012, reforesting a site and building a water filter in a remote village in Togo. Being French by origin and a New Zealand resistant, Jessy is fluent in French and English.

Jessy Gaudry

Samuli Leminen

Senior Manager, Head of Sales

Samuli has a Master’s Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a keen interest in socially and environmentally sustainable global development. He is familiar with the various actors in international development, having worked at UNDP in Zambia, European Commission in Brussels and with a number of projects in developing countries financed by the Asian Development Bank and other International Financing Institutions. Samuli joined FCG originally in 2011 in his home country Finland, went on to establish FCG Asia in Singapore in 2016 and further moved to New Zealand to work for FCG ANZDEC in 2019. His aim is to grow FCG ANZDEC’s business on basis of the company’s unique areas of expertise, while capitalizing on the joint strength and synergies of being a member of FCG Finnish Consulting Group.

Samuli Leminen

Helen Palfreyman

Senior Project Manager

Helen has over 15 years of experience including designing, managing, and monitoring international projects in the areas of political transition, peacebuilding, and disaster risk management with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, NGOs, and a top University in Asia. Since 2017 she has been a Resident Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of Management where she helped design the curriculum for their Masters in Disaster Risk Management degree. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Management and Human Rights Law, and a Certificate in Human Security from Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Helen Palfreyman

Daniel Zhang

Finance Administrator and Project Analyst

Daniel is originally from China but has been living and working in New Zealand since 2002. Daniel holds a bachelor degree in Applied Business Studies in Accounting (Major in Finance). He is also a provisional member of Certified Public Accountants – Australia since 2014. Daniel has experience in accounting and finance across a range of industries and has a high level of attention to detail. He joined FCG ANZDEC on an internship during his studies in 2011, and later re-joined FCG ANZDEC in July 2017. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Daniel Zhang

Noora Moilanen

Project Analyst

Noora holds a Master of Science in Geography, focusing on international development and sustainability issues. Before joining the team in 2019, she worked in Nepal supporting a NGO with their research, project evaluation and programme design. Originally from Finland, Noora has gained working experience in seven different countries, including the sectors of renewable energy, disaster resilience, education and corporate partnership building. She has published academic research about development communication and has worked with NGO fundraising in New Zealand. She speaks fluently English, Finnish and Swedish, and has developed a good understanding of French, Spanish, Russian and Slovenian.

Noora Moilanen

Jim Jormanainen

Intern, Business Development and Project Management

Jim is Finnish by origin and is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s studies in Peace and Development Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on violence against vulnerable groups in times of conflict and crisis. He has a minor in Development Studies which focused on gender, environment and disaster risk reduction. Jim joined FCG ANZDEC in January 2019 as an intern and assists both the business development and the project management teams. He is fluent in Swedish and English and has professional proficiency in Finnish.

Jim Jormanainen

Chris Landon-Lane

Associate for Rural and Natural Resource Development

Chris holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics. Chris has provided consulting services to several bilateral, multilateral, and regional agencies in more than 20 countries across Asia, South America and the Pacific. He has worked in the fields of rural development, food and agribusiness value chain development, climate change adaptation, natural resources management, tourism, infrastructure, public and private sector policy and strategy, investment project design, appraisal and evaluation, and sustainable business development. Chris’ recent work on World Bank, Asian Development Bank and New Zealand government funded projects has focused on improving rural people’s livelihoods by strengthening the competitiveness of agricultural value chains. Chris managed his own horticulture business, served on the Australian Horticulture Export Council and was chairman of the State Organic Industry Association. He and his partner are currently developing an eco-tourism venture in Tasmania, in collaboration with the State Parks and Wildlife Department, and a non-government organisation.

Chris Landon-Lane

Joseph Matthew

Associate for Coastal Science and Engineering

Joseph has over 25 years of experience in Coastal Marine Sciences. He is Indian by origin, with New Zealand citizenship. He holds Doctorates in both Earth Sciences (University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1997) and Marine Sciences (Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, 1991), as well as a Masters in Oceanography. He possesses a good understanding of coastal processes, coastal zone management, environmental issues and climate change. Dr Mathew has a wealth of project experience involving the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of sustainable coastal protection and shoreline management for several bilateral and multilateral agencies. Additionally, he has developed and designed guidelines for training and awareness raising purposes. He also has experience in accounting for socio-economic data in the preparation of Coastal Management Plans.

Joseph Matthew

Anthony McElroy

Associate Accountant

Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and Public Practitioner. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canterbury (2001) and a Graduate Diploma in Commerce from the University of Auckland (2002). Anthony works with a wide variety of businesses assisting not only with their accounting requirements but also as a passionate business advisor assisting businesses with strategy formulation, accountability, leadership and growth forecasting. With a keen interest in technology, he also assists businesses with implementing and selecting systems that drive improved operational performance. Having previously worked in larger international accounting firms, Anthony is now the director of Evolve Accounting Ltd and assists FCG ANZDEC Ltd with their financial reporting requirements.

Anthony McElroy

Gerardo Armendáriz

Associate Graphic Designer

Gerardo's expertise is in design of reports and presentations and in corporate imagery. Born in Mexico, he resides in his hometown of Durango. Gerardo also works for Durango's Institute of Youth consulting on public imagery, design, and communication for media and local businesses. He often attends conferences and presents on responsible social media use and actions against youth cyber-bullying. His passion for art has led him to commence a career as a painter and digital artist. He is a fan of ``The Little Prince``. His favourite animal is the fox, symbolising wisdom.

Gerardo Armendáriz

Ana Ilić

Chief Executive Officer

Ana is a Serbian by origin, with New Zealand citizenship. Ana’s educational background includes a Master of Commerce in Marketing, University of Auckland (2008); Master of Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland (2010); and a Master of Commerce in Management (2001) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management (1998) from University of Belgrade. Ana has a track record in micro- and macro-economic development: company and project management, sector competitiveness, policy and strategy development, capacity building, and stakeholder engagement. She has several academic and commercial research publications and her interests are in services marketing. Ana is fluent in Serbian, Croatian, and English.

Marites Grupo

Finance Manager

Marites is an experienced contract administrator handling projects supported by multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP), World Bank (WB), Australian Agency for International Development Aid (AusAid), and regional agencies in the Pacific. She has 10 years of experience in financial accounting and a diverse experience in project administration and project accounting.

Jessy Gaudry

Senior Project Manager

Jessy is French by origin and a New Zealand resident. Jessy holds a Master degree with honours in Engineering from France, and a post-graduate certificate in Industrial Management (first class honours). Her project management skills are backed by two project management certifications: IPMA (French) and PRINCE2 (international). Following her passion for sustainable development, she also completed an online course on Tropical Coastal Ecosystems from the University of Queensland, Australia. She worked as a volunteer in 2011 and 2012, reforesting a site and building a water filter in a remote village in Togo. Jessy is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Daniel Zhang

Finance Administrator and Project Analyst

Daniel is originally from China but has been living and working in New Zealand since 2002. Daniel holds a bachelor degree in Applied Business Studies in Accounting (Major in Finance). He is also a provisional member of Certified Public Accountants – Australia since 2014. Daniel has experience in accounting and finance across a range of industries and has a high level of attention to detail. He joined FCG ANZDEC on an internship during his studies in 2011, and later re-joined FCG ANZDEC in July 2017. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Alison Ramcharan

Contracts Administrator

Alison Ramcharan is Contracts Administrator at FCG ANZDEC. She holds a Master of Business Administration (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh) and is also certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Alison is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and has worked on projects funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. She has over 20 years of experience in project and contracts administration.

Chris Landon-Lane

Associate for Rural and Natural Resource Development

Chris holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics. Chris has provided consulting services to several bilateral, multilateral, and regional agencies in more than 20 countries across Asia, South America and the Pacific. He has worked in the fields of rural development, food and agribusiness value chain development, climate change adaptation, natural resources management, tourism, infrastructure, public and private sector policy and strategy, investment project design, appraisal and evaluation, and sustainable business development. Chris’ recent work on World Bank, Asian Development Bank and New Zealand government funded projects has focused on improving rural people’s livelihoods by strengthening the competitiveness of agricultural value chains. Chris managed his own horticulture business, served on the Australian Horticulture Export Council and was chairman of the State Organic Industry Association. He and his partner are currently developing an eco-tourism venture in Tasmania, in collaboration with the State Parks and Wildlife Department, and a non-government organisation.

Joseph Matthew

Associate for Coastal Science and Engineering

Joseph has over 25 years of experience in Coastal Marine Sciences. He is Indian by origin, with New Zealand citizenship. He holds Doctorates in both Earth Sciences (University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1997) and Marine Sciences (Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, 1991), as well as a Masters in Oceanography. He possesses a good understanding of coastal processes, coastal zone management, environmental issues and climate change. Dr Mathew has a wealth of project experience involving the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of sustainable coastal protection and shoreline management for several bilateral and multilateral agencies. Additionally, he has developed and designed guidelines for training and awareness raising purposes. He also has experience in accounting for socio-economic data in the preparation of Coastal Management Plans.

Anthony McElroy

Associate Accountant

Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and Public Practitioner. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canterbury (2001) and a Graduate Diploma in Commerce from the University of Auckland (2002). Anthony works with a wide variety of businesses assisting not only with their accounting requirements but also as a passionate business advisor assisting businesses with strategy formulation, accountability, leadership and growth forecasting. With a keen interest in technology, he also assists businesses with implementing and selecting systems that drive improved operational performance. Having previously worked in larger international accounting firms, Anthony is now the director of Evolve Accounting Ltd and assists FCG ANZDEC Ltd with their financial reporting requirements.

Gerardo Armendáriz

Associate Graphic Designer

Gerardo's expertise is in design of reports and presentations and in corporate imagery. Born in Mexico, he resides in his hometown of Durango. Gerardo also works for Durango's Institute of Youth consulting on public imagery, design, and communication for media and local businesses. He often attends conferences and presents on responsible social media use and actions against youth cyber-bullying. His passion for art has led him to commence a career as a painter and digital artist. He is a fan of ``The Little Prince``. His favourite animal is the fox, symbolising wisdom.