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
Complexity Facilitator, Coach, Trainer on topics related to the co-evolution of complex systems in international development. External co-lecturer IDR/BOKU University on “Facilitating Change for Sustainable Development”. Former Chief, Project Appraisal/Quality Assurance, UNIDO. Rico specialises in: the effective impact of development cooperation; institutional capacity building; leadership, communication and relational skills for effective participation, learning and ownership of change processes. Rico’s toolbox contains tools derived from Gregory Bateson’s levels of learning, Integral Theory, Theory U, Neuro-linguistic programming, amongst several others.

Patrick Smytzek

Research and Facilitation Voluntary member of GOAL’s Co-leadership team. Background in international development focused on climate change with experience in Southeast Asia, East- and West-Africa. Exploring how technology can be leveraged to address human development challenges. M.Sc student at Goldsmiths, University of London in Data Science and Financial Technology. Areas of expertise: Climate mitigation, climate risk management  Professional interests: Climate tech, machine learning and financial technology. smytzek@goalnetwork.com

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

MethodologyA postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. His current research aims to develop an innovative framework for creating place-based territorial intelligence platforms in low-density areas of Portugal. Tigran has a doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences from the School Transitions to Sustainability (T2S) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. He previously studied geography and pedagogy in Armenia. He is a voluntary member of GOAL’s Co-leadership team.

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.


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.

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.

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.