Luc Olivier Patenaude

Economic Advisor

Areas of expertise

  • Project and resource management in development and emergency assistance
  • particularly in rural infrastructure, livelihoods, conflict prevention, disaster risk reduction, mine action, security sector reform and environmental contamination

Luc Patenaude has a business administration background and worked in the private sector in Switzerland, Germany and Colombia before moving to international cooperation. He has accumulated over 15 years of working experience in project and resource management in development oriented and emergency assistance, particularly in rural infrastructure, livelihoods, conflict prevention, disaster risk reduction, mine action, security sector reform and environmental contamination.

Nationality Swiss
Qualification (Institute) Faculty of Business Administration (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Working languages French (native), English, German, Spanish, Russian
Years of Experience 20+
Country experience and regional expertise Europe: Switzerland, Germany, Russia

Sub-Saharan Africa: Liberia

Central and South Asia: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan

Americas: Colombia, Haiti

Selected projects, roles, achievements and publications
  • GIZ – Livelihoods and Conflict Prevention in South Kyrgyzstan, Project Manager, water infrastructure, resource conflict, livelihoods and youth-at-risk – addressing the gap of medium size rural infrastructure urgent needs in Central Asia
  • GIZ – Reconstruction and Stabilization in the Palms Region/Haiti, Program Advisor, livelihoods, market access infrastructure, waste management, DRR – raising income of households in coastal regions through artisanal fishery
  • GIZ and German Red Cross – DRR in Zeravshan Valley/Tajikistan, Program Advisor, community disaster preparedness, capacity building of emergency services, market access and disaster mitigation infrastructure – combining food security with disaster preparedness measures in remote areas
  • Swiss Foundation for Mine Action in Central Asia, Program Manager, clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, mine risk education, small arms and light weapons destruction, remote sensing and environmental contamination
  • ICRC in Colombia, Northern Caucasus and Liberia, Administrator and Logistician
Key clients ·         German Ministry of Cooperation (BMZ)

·         German Foreign Ministry

·         WFP

·         OSCE

·         U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

·         NATO

·         Green Cross Switzerland

Affiliations and networks