Core Advice brings together a team of consultants with complementary expertise, associates or partners. Together they have a proven experience in economic and institutional reforms in emerging countries.



Lydia Montalti

Founder of the company Core Advice, partner and managing director, Lydia Montalti has a background in management and human resources management and has led for over 25 years many strategic consulting missions to governments of emerging countries, mainly on issues related to organizational diagnosis and social components of economic and institutional reforms.

As head of mission or consultant, in almost all economic sectors (transport, public works, water, energy, telecommunications, mines, market goods,…) and ministerial (finance, economy, education, health, civil service, employment…), Lydia responsibilities concern HR due diligence, skills assessments, analysis of the gaps between personnel needs/resources supported by the elaboration and implementation of adjustment measures, such as recruitments, training plans, social redeployment plans…. She has also designed and piloted several institutional communication plans to assist the ongoing process of reforms, addressing multiple targets, according to the situations and objectives: social partners, employees and their families, parliamentarians, ministers.


Frederic Ollier

Co-Managing Director and Financial Adminstrator of Core Advice, Frédéric Ollier is graduated from a Business School (ISG) and specialized in finance. He worked for 15 years in the banking sector (CCF, HSBC, Gotthard Bank) in France, Italy, Middle East and Monaco, managing several teams in the area of credit risk analysis, financial analysis and project financing.

In addition to the various functions he has held in the banking sector, Frédéric has also settle back office and credit management systems for banks in Europe and in the Middle East.

Since 2005, Frédéric has been in charge of SMI’s financial and accounting management, project financing and fundraising as well as budget/cost control in the fields of culture and consulting.

Patricia Gougaud de Gensac

Patricia Gougaud de Gensac has a background in Industrial Psychology and Labor. She holds two master’s degrees completed by a postgraduate degree in Personnel Management and Social Management at the Social Management Institute in Paris. Patricia Gougaud de Gensac is specialized in the field of detection and evaluation of potential skills and performances.

Patricia is more specifically trained in different evaluation techniques. She designs and develops specific evaluation tools, according to the problem identified. She operates in Francophone Africa and Madagascar in the framework of economic and institutional reforms. Patricia is a consultant for various HR activities, including recruitment, skills and/or orientation assessments, social audit and quantitative and qualitative human resources diagnosis, analysis and measurement of gaps between personnel needs and resources, drafting of adjustment measures such as training plans, development and implementation of professional integration/reintegration devices.

Patricia has also piloted socio-economic surveys, such as route to professional reintegration (identification of sources of failure and success and lessons learned), and teachers motivations of (primary and secondary public school).


Daniel Minella

Daniel Minella has acquired, within a large North American multinational, expertise in consolidation process and data processing. He brings to the Core Advice team his experience and his quality and conformity demand, in the context of the diagnosis and adjustments of various databases relating to human resources of firms and ministries.

Thus Daniel (i) designs and implements database integrity control processes and verifies their compliance with regulations and/or defined objectives, (ii) develops, as part of Human Resources diagnosis and staff redeployment plans, automatic calculation of personnel costs and calculation of the legal rights associated with the automated production of their legal and administrative documentation. Moreover, in the context of socio-economic surveys and skills assessments, Daniel develops models for capturing and exploiting both quantitative and qualitative data.

Gerard de Giovanni

Gérard de Giovanni has a dual background in engineering and business management. He specializes in supporting industrial and social change and the re-industrialization of territories. He was director of the development agency of a large industrial group and then regional director.

Gérard has particular knowledge of energy and environmental issues. He has dealt with change management and human reconversion, partnerships with local communities, and media communication. Gérard has managed several companies and has been President of the Foundation “Agir Pour l’Emploi”, a joint foundation supporting the economic reintegration of the unemployed. In addition, in the Core Advice team, he has studied and set up a professional reintegration system for staff affected by a restructuring plan in Madagascar and for the personnel of public companies concerned by the privatization program in Gabon.


Yves Birere

Yves Birere is an economist and specialist in public finance management with experience in organizational, institutional and management development. He has a dozen years of experience in consulting and technical assistance.

His background and capacity building expertise cover all topics related to training, such as identification of training needs, design and animation of training related to the improvement of personal productivity, coaching and mentoring , team building, organizational culture, change management and training policy.

Over the years, Yves has written various training manuals and developed modular courses covering topics such as: governance, public financial management, institutional communication, performance management, change management, training of trainers, the roles of leaders, planning, intercultural management… Yves has acquired more than 10 years of experience in 10 African countries. He has been working with public institutions (Ministries, General Manager of public firms, Financial Registries) and with funding institutions.

Franke Toornstra

Franke Toornstra

Franke Toornstra has more than thirty years of experience in more than 20 countries in the areas of public sector reform, organizational strategy and project management. He is also an expert in rural development and environment.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agriculture from Wageningen University, Franke taught environmental sciences at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands before starting a career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands as Policy Advisor and Portfolio Manager of Cooperation at Dutch Embassies in Benin and Senegal. He has also worked for the World Bank in Washington as Adviser for Aid Effectiveness and Operations, and in Canada as Vice President of IDEA International Institute. Franke has led several consulting missions in the area of public sector reforms, such as institutional audits of Ministries of Planning, Finance, Budget, Decentralization, public procurement and public financial management reforms and public administration reforms.



Pablo Goulemot

Pablo Goulemot has worked for 25 years both in the public sector and in the private sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard and a Master’s degree from Paris IX Dauphine.

Pablo has responsibilities in management and consulting both in Europe and Africa and has specialized in restructuring and privatization, particularly in infrastructure and railway sectors.


Jean-Claude Le Gay

Consultant for more than thirty years, Jean-Claude Le Gay, is specialized in institutional reform and systems of human resources management within administrations of emerging countries. He has led numerous reform projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.

His interventions concern in particular (i) institutional development, organizational audit and restructuring of public organizations, technical assistance with the implementation of reforms, reinforcement of the quality of the public service, (ii) civil servants census, jobs socio-economic analyses, rationalization of staff management structures and procedures, control of payroll, voluntary redundancy program, reform of the remuneration system and of the career system… (iii) the evolution of procedures and tools for human resources planning : personnel master plan, job qualification, salary and compensation system, dashboard design…

Elia Ravelomanantsoa

Minister of Culture and the Patrimony of the Republic of Madagascar from 2011 to 2014, Elia contributed during her tenure to lighten the cultural and creative industries and especially the cinema and the audiovisual.

Elia’s professional career took place in the Private Sector, at the creation and management of the first communication agency in Madagascar, from 1985. Among all her achievements and initiatives for the advancement of the “Madagascar picture  In situ and in the world, we will quote “MANJA”, Festival of Fashion & Design, “Madagascar in Spring” and “Made in Madagascar” for the expansion of foreign trade, and also in 1996, “EBIT” a salon-movement for the popularization of the use of new technologies by Malagasy.

A committed and passionate woman engaged in new solutions to economic and/or cultural problems, she was one of the pioneers to bring out specific and adapted approaches, or innovative sectors.


Yves Kabongo

Yves Kabongo holds a degree in Finance from the University of Montreal (HEC) and holds a MBA from McGill University in Canada. He is very active in youth mentoring and social action in schools and has significant practical and operational experience in the DRC.

Yves has been an independent entrepreneur since 2016 and has created KBG Capital, a Congolese investment fund specializing in mining, oil, energy and technical outsourcing around natural resources. The fund controls 25% of The Icon Group, Spartan Group and Number One Procurement Group, 51% of IFS Africa – DRC, 100% of Great Lake Energy and shares with a place on the Board of Directors of Bankers Cobalt Mining, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. From 2005 to 2016, Yves actively contributed to some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in the African mining industry, sealing this cycle with merging Moku Goldmines with Randgold. Former executive of the National Bank of Canada and member of several boards of directors in companies as diverse as agriculture, logistics, infrastructure and transportation, Yves remains a very active member in the Congolese socio-economic environment. He also had to develop regional socio-economic monographs (carrier niches) as part of the professional reintegration program entrusted to Core Advice, by piloting ad hoc teams and producing socio-economic supports about the DRC Provinces, to help people looking for work to orient their professional integration.

Nicolas Prévot

Agricultural engineer, East Africa specialist, Nicolas Prévot has been a consultant for more than twenty years. Forerunner of sustainable development and cross-cutting, Nicolas has gradually expanded his areas of expertise to design, develop and monitor local and sustainable development projects, especially for the European Union, French Cooperation and the world of NGOs.

First specialized in the development and monitoring of oasis and livestock farming, Nicolas has diversified his interventions to address, crafts, responsible tourism, village and surface hydraulics, transport, environment, biodiversity.

André Franck AHOYO

André Franck Ahoyo

André Franck AHOYO is an international consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of international cooperation, economic development and improvement of business climate in Frenchspeaking Africa.

Graduate of law and political science, André Frank is a specialist of the OHADA (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation du Droit des Affaires en Afrique): he was a technical assistant to advocate OHADA for the uniform act review process by the International Organization of the Francophonie and IFC (World Bank Group) together with the OHADA Permanent Secretary in Yaoundé (Cameroon) from 2009 to 2013. During his professional career, André Frank also served in the private sector within the Veolia Environment group. He is an administrator of the African Observatory of Business Practice (OAPA), he collaborates with the Association of Francophone Notariat (ANF) and participates to several think tanks.


Guy Laperrière

Graduate in management and human resources management, Guy Laperrière has more than 35 years of experience as a private company manager, an executive manager and a consultant in the development and organizational capacity building in the public and private sectors nationally and internationally.

Internationally, he has developed his expertise in project management, organizational development, human resources management and development, and capacity building in public administration. Guy has worked in a variety of cultural contexts, mainly in French-speaking Africa but also in Haiti and Saudi Arabia. His responsibilities included the modernization of human resources management in the central and territorial administration, the impetus and the management of administrative reforms, the clarification of the missions of the government, the quality of the services to the users, the organizational audits of ministries,…. Guy intervened in the training sector mainly in needs analysis and preparation of training programs for trainers and public service staff. In particular, he has developed expertise in the mining sector as a human resources manager and administrative manager in an autonomous mining structure under the supervision of the government and also as a manager and shareholder of public exploration companies. In Africa, Guy participated in environmental assessments, an institutional component of the mining sector and led projects in Algeria and Guinea Conakry to support the reorganization of mining structures, the strengthening of institutional capacities and the promotion of mining investments.


Cheick Sidi Mohamed Drabo

“Administrateur du Travail” within the Ministry of Labour of the Burkinabe government, Cheick Sidi Mohamed DRABO has been trained as an “Inspecteur du Travail”. For ten years, he participated in the development and implementation of government policy on labor and social security in private sector companies.

Cheick Sidi is also involved in the implementation and conduct of the HR policy of private sector companies (Director of Administration and Human Resources, International Oils & Fats Burkina, legal counsel on behalf of a dozen of companies established in Burkina Faso). The main responsibilities of Cheick Sidi are, within these companies, to design, implement and evaluate the HR policy with a view to propose corrective measures for better performance of these companies. Since 2016, Cheick Sidi has been a freelance Consultant in Labor Law and Human Resources Management for the World Bank, Ouagadougou Office. He has to his credit the conduct of the first phase of the Human Resources (HR) diagnosis carried out on behalf of the World Bank within the Social Networks Project (PFS) Burkin Naong Sa ya. Cheick Sidi is also the Human Resources consultant for the World Bank in the implementation of the activities of the Youth Employment and Skills Development Project (PEJDC). Since August 2017, he has been an associate consultant in the design, coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the activities of the World Bank anti-corruption project entitled “Citizens Fight Against Corruption (3LC)”.


Michel Rambelo

Doctor of linguistics and graduate of the Institute of International Studies and Developing Countries, Michel Rambelo also has a background in human resources management.

After an experience as a consultant with the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (now OIF), Michel has, for fifteen years, piloted on behalf of the World Bank and the Government of Madagascar, the program of support for privatization policy of public enterprises. He also participated in the implementation of the professional reintegration scheme for the staff of the Ministry of Public Works affected by the restructuring and he accompanied the General Directorate of the Treasury for the privatization of banks. These experiences and his past as a researcher have allowed Michel to develop not only expertise in professional reintegration but also in project management and training engineering.