Our People


Together with our network and partners we engage in action research into complex systems and the psychology of learning and change. We frequently organise exchange and capacity building formats for students and practitioners. GOAL is a living example of the interactions and co-learning that take place in complex systems. This enable us to view topics from new perspectives and to widen the range of topics we work in.

Alexandre (Rico) de Faria

Complexity Facilitator
Facilitator, Coach, Trainer; External lecturer at CDR/BOKU University in Vienna on the co-evolution of complex adaptive systems in international development. Former Chief, Project Appraisal / Quality Assurance, UNIDO. Specialization: quality of management of international development, LFA/PCM, systemic alignment -SAM, organisational development, leadership communication and relational skills, Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics Integral, Theory U, Bohmian Dialogue, NLP.

Patrick Smytzek

Research and Facilitation
Voluntary member of GOAL’s Co-leadership.team. International
cooperation expert focused on climate change issues with experience in Southeast Asia, East- and West-Africa. Work experience with global
programmes and organisational development processes. Areas of
expertise: Climate change adaptation, natural resource management,
participatory action research. Professional interests: transformational
processes and anticipatory governance

Zsuzsanna Gaspar

M.Sc. in Computer Science, IT Architect, she is also specialized in the application of the Integral Theory to human and organizational development such as in the study carried out by GOAL on the social integration of a Roma community.

Tigran Keryan

Tigran has a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, in Vienna, Austria. He has 10+ years of experience in the field of sustainability and has successfully delivered projects in the field of sustainable development. Originally from Armenia, he worked there as a geography teacher and hiking tour guide. He has recently completed work on the CaucaSusT project on Transdisciplinarity.

Wolfgang Gager

Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist with specialization in intuitive and hybrid processes. He graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and works in the fields of digital art, painting, writing, music and (improvisational) theatre. Additionally, he is trained in SAM (Systemic Alignment Model) and Spiral Dynamics Integral. His role at GOAL is as a technical and creative consultant.


Galber Araujo

Galber Araujo is a PhD in Genetics experienced in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, virology and immunology, working mainly on the development of therapeutics aiming to improve human health. Galber has a PhD degree from the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil, and Postdoctoral experience at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently he lives in Vienna, Austria, and works for a private Pharmaceutical company focused on the development of drugs to combat viral and metabolic diseases. Reason for becoming a member: I am mainly interested to learn more about the research and network that GOAL has in collaboration with institutions across the globe.

Jolanda Buter 

Ms Buter, MEd, is Senior Trainer and Consultant of MDF, Certified Professional Facilitator and Master in Education for Training and Development. Her main field of expertise is Capacity Development for Social Change through Organizational and Institutional Development. She combines face to face with distance approaches in her training, evaluation and research services. She combines her curiosity, her pragmatism with an attitude focused on innovation by learning from what works in the past.

Melissa Caldeira Brant de Souza Lima

Melissa is a PhD candidate in Economics and Social Sciences at University of Economics and Administration (WU). Since 2018 she is a researcher at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), working with education and population dynamics. She has over 7 years of experience with monitoring and evaluation of public policies, social projects and development of surveys. She has joined GOAL to learn more about theory and practice of psychology of learning and change.


Reinhard Rebernig

Consultant with over 5 years experience in public policy and administration at national and European levels in climate change adaptation, agriculture and auditing. “Teach for Austria Fellow” 2014-2016: Curricula development and teaching in secondary schools. Research for development in Ethiopia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Currently finishing his MSc thesis on Household Livelihood Resilience Assessment of Smallholder Farmers in Java. Reinhard joined GOAL because he is passionate about systems thinking and human development.


Thiago Borges David

Thiago David is Architect and Urban Planner and holds a MSc in International Material Flow Management. During his masters, he developed his expertise working in projects related to Smart Cities in the UK, Renewable Energy in Fiji, Electric mobility in Germany and Waste Management in Brazil. His architectural background includes urban mapping and analyses and architectural/urban projects in informal settlements in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He was a member of the Federal Project Rondon, addressing urban qualities in socio-economically disadvantaged communities in Brazil. Also, he was a member of the research group Cirurgia de Casas at the Federal University of Minas Gerais investigating methodologies and strategies to develop architectural urban projects in poverty sites. He believes that urbanism is a strong tool for the social inclusion of the population from informal settlements and encourages the necessary policy changes and stakeholder partnerships for sustainable urban development. He currently works as a consultant in the fields of Sustainable Urban Development, Sustainable Architecture, Renewable Energy, BPA (Building Analysis Performance) and Energy Efficiency.


Eoin Gahan

Consultant in international trade and investment policy. From 2013 to 2015 Senior Fellow in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government in the Harvard Kennedy School. Long experience in enterprise policy, European integration, and implications of new technologies for economic activity. Has led work at national level in Ireland on socio-economic scenarios, long-term energy strategy, and Next Generation Networks. From 2002-2004, co-founder and director of an international consultancy in regulatory reform, carrying out assignments for the World Bank, OECD, UNIDO and others bodies. In Ireland directed the research of the National Competitiveness Council and instituted the Annual Competitiveness Reports, as well as leading preparations for the business sector in the changeover to the euro. Until 1995, senior official at UNIDO dealing with long- term development objectives, regional and national strategies for industrialisation, technology analysis, and economic forecasting, and was also Coordinator of the United Nations Industrial Development Decade for Africa.

Lela Khartishvili

Lela is a doctoral candidate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, in Vienna, Austria. At the same time she is involved in university project concerning higher education transdisciplinary teaching and case-study research practice development at Georgian and Armenian universities. Originally from Georgia she finds project very interesting especially from community development point of view. Before to joining academy Lela worked as an independent consultant in rural, agro and ecotourism with TTG Georgia of which she is the founding director. Between 2006 and 2013 she was leading the rural tourism department of Elkana, the Georgian organic farmers association and initiated the establishment of the first rural tourism Network in Georgia. She works in English and partly in Russian.

Leny van Oyen 

Agricultural Economist (MA) and MBA in Business Sociology, specialized in: Project design, management, monitoring and evaluation; Business Development Services for SMEs; Private Sector Development, and Entrepreneurship Develop. Dutch citizen, born in 1957, she has gained extensive experience in various parts of the world, and particularly in Africa, running projects for UNIDO (13 years), UNDP (5 years), ITC, TFOC, ILO, World Bank and Asian Development Bank. She is fluent in English, French, Dutch and partly in Spanish and German.

Marianne Martin

Over thirty years of work experience with the United Nations. Fields of expertise include technical cooperation related issues, such as programme/jproject development,  integration of women, Human Resources planning and recruitment  and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and strategies for UN peacekeeping operations. Field postings in Pakistan, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.



These are our main partners. We have a strong interest in establishing long term trust and confidence with other institutions and organizations so that joint innovation can emerge. Should your organization wish to collaborate with the GOAL network, please drop us a line: contact@goalnetwork.net.


Institute for Development Research – BOKU

The Institute for Development Research(IDR) of BOKU Wien is a close partner in several aspects. GOAL provides co-lecturing on “Facilitating Change for Sustainable Development” and facilitation services for field projects since 2013.


GOAL Network has a consultative agreement with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) since 2004.