Mario Castejón is an economist specializing in Food and Resource Economics. He began his career with the FAO in 1991 as a commodities specialist, in the Trade and Markets Division (EST). In 2000 he moved to the Investment Centre (TCI) in the Regional Unit for Technical Assistance (RUTA) linked to sustainable rural development in Central America. Since 2008, Mario has been working as Investment Support Officer in the FAO Subregional Office in Panama. During his career he has been involved in the preparation, supervision, implementation and evaluation of numerous projects associated with food and nutrition security, agricultural diversification, economic inclusion of family farming, production partnerships and land administration and access. In the LAP context, Mario has headed and guided economic and financial viability analyses, as well as fiscal impact analyses. Mario acted as coordinator of module 5 (Fiscal, Financial and Economic Analysis of LAPs).


Fabrice Edouard (Coord.) is an agronomist specializing in rural economics. He has more than 20 years experience in poverty reduction projects in Latin America, particularly those concerning indigenous peoples. In March 2010 he joined the Investment Centre (TCI) of the FAO and was involved in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of several investment projects in coordination with the World Bank and other international cooperation agencies. Since 2004, he has been providing technical assistance in projects linked to land administration and access, as well as other rural development initiatives in Latin America. His work and experience have helped to develop and improve the monitoring and evaluation systems of these projects. Fabrice has also been involved in publications concerning indigenous territories and good governance in land tenure.


Sofía Espinosa is an economist and sociologist specializing in land transactions and access issues in Latin America. She has been involved in several studies of land management, political participation mechanisms and the effects of land regularization and redistribution. She is currently preparing her doctoral thesis in sociology based on her research into social reproduction and land access in Ecuador (IEDES-IRD). She is also involved in the scientific interest group, Pôle Foncier Montpellier, which deals with subjects related to land tenure in rural areas, and belongs to Monocien, a collective for environmental conservation and support for rural communities. Sofía was involved in producing the methodological proposal of the guide in module 4 (Evaluation at household level), and was in charge of editing the tool in its first version in 2013.


Víctor Manuel Fajardo Correa is an economist at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has worked as an international advisor for more than 25 years on public policy design and evaluation. He has carried out evaluations at municipal, national and international level on subjects related to: rural and social development, land administration programmes, food programmes, health, education, and vulnerable populations. Víctor is the founder and director of the Institute of Social Technology for Development, and he has delivered university seminars and taken part in several national and international fora (Yemen, Sweden, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic). Víctor acted as coordinator of module 4 (Practical guide to evaluation at household level).


Adriana Herrera Garibay is a sociologist and has worked in land tenure, reform and rights for more than 25 years in countries in Latin America, Asia and southern Africa. Working as a Land Tenure Officer for the FAO, she has been involved in the last 15 years, among other things, in providing technical support for land administration projects in countries in Central America and southern Africa. Her fields of interest and some of her publications include indigenous populations and land tenure, alternative land dispute resolution, and land tenure issues in disaster risk management. Adriana is currently acting as an advisor with several institutions working with land tenure issues. Adriana’s experience and knowledge helped in the development of module 1 (Experience of LAPs in Latin America).


Myriam Jarquin de Medina is a lawyer specializing in registration and land administration systems. Her university training includes Computer and IT Law, Business and Industrial Law, Political Sciences, and Registration Law. Myriam has worked as National Director of Records of Nicaragua and as an advisor to the public records modernization project and to Nicaragua’s National Assembly. She has been involved for 15 years in Nicaragua’s national LAP programmes, mainly regarding registration and LAS. She has also worked on several projects funded by international aid to draft laws, rules, regulations, and manuals on the subject of land administration and legal assistance in civil/registration, business and administrative matters. She currently works as an advisor on registration issues in the Institute of Higher Legal Studies of the Supreme Court of Justice. Myriam’s experience and knowledge have helped to develop module 2 (Evaluation at Land Administration Institution level).


Alden Jirón is an administrator, financier and corporate strategies and policies analyst. He has extensive experience in Finance, Administration, Land Tenure and Public Debt, among other subjects. Since 1997, he has been working as an Advisor to national, international and state agencies of various countries in matters relating to land tenure and evaluation of land tenure projects. His experience over the years, in various projects with various institutions, has allowed him to develop methods for social, corporate, financial and economic evaluations in contexts where the availability of information is limited or it is difficult to collect. Alden is currently continuing his work as a Financial, Administration, Policies and Strategies Advisor to private companies and public and international organizations in the Central American region. His experience and knowledge have helped develop module 2 (Evaluation at Land Administration Institution level) and module 5 (Fiscal, Financial and Economic Analysis).


Rafael Montero is an economist specializing in local development projects. His training includes postgraduate studies in project management, a Master’s in International Development Cooperation from Universidad de Valencia and a Master’s in Agrifood and Environmental Economics from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. With more than ten years’ experience working for national government agencies of Colombia and multilateral organizations (DANE, DNP, UNDP, FAO), Rafael has also worked in various academic institutions as a lecturer and researcher. Owing to his experience in both the professional and academic spheres, he is highly technically skilled which qualifies him to work in the areas of formulation, implementation/management, project monitoring and evaluation and public policy impact evaluation.


Enrique Pantoja is an architect and urban planner. He is currently working at the World Bank as a specialist in Land Administration in Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. Over the last eight years, his work has focused on the preparation, estimation, supervision and final evaluation of land projects in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Several of these projects have included major challenges associated with the recognition of the tenure rights of indigenous peoples and the regularization of urban and peri-urban settlements. In addition to his work on these projects, Enrique has led the dialogue around building public policies and has prepared and implemented numerous technical assistance and analysis activities, as well as directing the exchange of regional and interregional South-South knowledge. Enrique supported the development of the guide as a whole and provided technical advice during the various phases of its creation.


Juan José Valencia is a specialist in automation and enterprise architecture. He has worked on setting up automated land administration, registration and cadastral systems in Central America. His proficiency in enterprise architecture, information technologies and infrastructure have enabled him to work with government agencies, multilateral organizations, private companies and aid agencies in various fields of automation. Juan José has been directly involved in setting up the public registration and cadastral systems of El Salvador and Honduras and as an advisor to the World Bank on the land administration systems of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia. Juan José’s experience and knowledge have helped develop the cadastre-register linking system analysis in module 2.

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Francesco Zampaglioni is a multimedia engineer and specialist in web design. He has been working for ten years as a graphic designer, head of communication and publicist for several agencies, supporting both private and public initiatives. In 2009 he set up his own web and communication agency with colleagues, which has supported several TCI campaigns. Francesco’s experience and his knowledge of web design have enabled him to develop the electronic version of the land administration project (LAP) evaluation tool.


Reina Zavala is an independent advisor to the World Bank, the FAO and other international institutions. She has worked via the World Bank on land administration projects in Central America as a Municipal Specialist. Her role has consisted in strengthening municipal capabilities to develop active roles in the implementation of national cadastral systems and encourage the necessary institutional changes to integrate these skills. Reina’s experience and knowledge have enabled the development of module 3 (Evaluation at municipality level).