I work on social and institutional development, capacity building, and project management, with a focus on participatory approaches, povery/social impact analysis, knowledge management and strategic communication. 25 years of experience in operations and policy work in Africa, Asia and Middle East.



    • Job opportunities
    • Consulting assignments
    • Track projects & tenders
    • Identify partners
    • Professional networking

    • Anthropology, Doctoral Degree, University of Zurich , Switzerland , December 2011 - December 2011
    • Social anthropology, Graduate work, University of California, Los Angeles , United States , September 1980 - July 1981
    • Social Anthropology, Sociology, Bachelor's Degree, University of Oslo , Norway , September 1977 - June 1978
    • Biology, Chemistry, Social anthropology, Bachelor's Degree, University of Bergen , Norway , September 1970 - June 1977
    • Biology, Chemistry, Social anthropology, Undergraduate work, University of Bergen , Norway , September 1970 - June 1977

    • Gehrson Lehrman Group, Consulting Management Platform
    • Interdisciplinary Research Network on Env. Communication (ECOResearch Network)
    • Univ. of Dhaka, Institute for Applied Anthropology (Board Member)
    • Society for International Development
    • Norwegian Development Study Association

Experience Summary

  • Skills, Background, and Experience

      Anthropologist with 25 years of experience in operations and policy work for, among others, GTZ, IFAD, IFC, ILO, Norad, Sida, UNDP, UNOPS, and World Bank; in Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Focus on project management (incl. preparation, appraisal, implementation, supervision and evaluation), social and institutional analysis/development, and capacity-building. Expertise in biodiversity conservation, capacity building, community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), GIS, ICT and development (ICT4D), knowledge management, land management, land rights, legal reform, networking, participation / participatory approaches, and strategic communication. Substantial experience with World Bank policies and projects in several areas and sectors, incl. coastal zone management, education, fisheries, indigenous peoples / minorities, involuntary resettlement, and social funds. Language skills in Bengali, English, French, and German. Norwegian citizen.

  • Areas of Expertise :

      Agriculture, Anthropology/Sociology, Communications/Marketing, Democracy & Governance, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Human Resources, Information Technology, Institutional Development, Legal/Policy Reform, Micro & Small Enterprise, Project Management, Relief/Post-Conflict/Post-Disaster, Scientific Research, Technology, Training, Urban & Regional Development, Anthropology/Sociology - Other, Assessments, Associations, Capacity Building, Conflict Resolution, Cooperatives, Democracy & Governance - Other, Diversity, Environment & Natural Resources - Other, Environmental Impact Appraisal, Field Research, Fisheries, Gender Mainstreaming, Geographic Information System (GIS), Human Resources - Other, Human Rights, Institutional Development - Other, Knowledge Management, Land Reform/Titling & Registration, Legal/Judicial Reform, Legislative/Legal, Livestock, Local Governance, Micro-Finance/Micro-Credit, Natural Resource Management, Networking, On-Site Training, Online Training, Performance Measurement/Monitoring/Evalu, Politics/Political Participation, Primary Schooling, Project Design, Property Rights, Public Education, Re-engineering/Change Management, Relief/Post-Conflict/Post-Disaster - Oth, Rural Development, Strategic Communications, Train-the-Trainer, Urban Planning, Vocational Training, Water/Irrigation, Web-Development, Central Africa, East Asia & Pacific, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, North Africa & Middle East, North America, South Asia, West Africa, Western Europe, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United States, Viet Nam, Yemen

  • Responsibilities :

    • Pursue new business
    • Write proposals/grant requests
    • Provide technical advice on projects
    • Conduct research
    • Manage projects in the field
    • Manage projects from the home office
    • Run a company, NGO, or a major department
  • Opportunities I Might Consider :

    • Field assignment
    • Full-time staff position
    • Long-term consulting assignment
    • Part-time staff position
    • Short-term contract assignment

Employment Summary

  • January 2011 - Present CEO, Supras Consult Ltd

    Project management.

  • January 2000 - January 2011 CEO, Supras Consult

    Supras ( provides advisory and research services in capacity building, knowledge mgmt., networking, participation, social/institutional analysis and strategic communication in natural resource mgmt. Incorporated in Norway.

  • April 1993 - December 1999 Anthropologist, World Bank

    Responsible for social assessments and social analyses in connection with investment operations.

  • April 1990 - April 1993 Asst. Professor in anthropology, University of Zurich

    Involved in teaching and research in the areas of: development cooperation, ecology, economics, human rights, and involuntary resettlement.

Supporting Documents

  • ICT and development: East is east and west is west and the twain may yet meet
    Critical review of the position and potential role of ICTs in development cooperation. A case study presents the process in Norad to develop an ICT strategy. Published in: S. Krishna and S. Madon, eds. 2003. The digital challenge: Information technology in the development context, pp. 63-82. London: Ashgate. (File size: 1658349KB)
  • Employer certificate 2 - Mauritania (World Bank)
    See under: Employer certificate 1 - Mauritania (World Bank). (File size: 204250KB)
  • Employer certificate 1 - Mauritania (World Bank)
    Project: Technology Fosters Tradition. Role: COP, on behalf of Supras Consult Ltd, 2003-2005. Tasks: Traditional knowledge, sustainable management of wetland areas in southeastern Mauritania, networking between farmers and pastoralists with a view to prevent and solve conflicts of access and use of wetlands resources. (File size: 204250KB)
  • Employer certificate - Nigeria (World Bank)
    Concerns work on the Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (2002). I was Advisor & Member, Task Team, and conductied social assessments of beneficiaries and guided local stakeholders in constructing community facilities for water and sanitation. (File size: 94866KB)
  • Employer certificate - Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (Sida)
    Concerns work on two projects: (1) Sandwip Crossdam Development Scheme (Bangladesh, 1986-87) and (2) Kotmale Hydro Power Project (Sri Lanka, 1988-90). In the former I was Member, Feasibility Study Team (representing Sida, with other members representing Dutch aid / Euroconsult), with particular responsibility for social analysis/assessment of fisheries and land settlement processes. In the latter I was COP, and evaluated large-scale involuntary resettlement operations. (File size: 127356KB)
  • Protected areas in transition economies: Stakeholders, resources and change in Calimani National Park and Tara Dornelor, Romania
    Research paper, dataset from the project "Ecotourism in Tara Dornelor, an instrument for sustainable development" (Romania, 2009-2011). Addresses: (i) networking among public sector and private sector stakeholders, and (ii) use of the methodology of stakeholder analysis towards understanding local networking processes and as a heuristic means in local capacity building. (File size: 505633KB)

Relevant Links

  • Supras Consult Ltd
    Main website for the Supras Consult Ltd (registered in UK and Norway). The sister company Supras Ltd, (registered in Bulgaria), has a separate website at:
  • Supras Consult Ltd
    Lists, among others, all social media contact information.

Lars T. Soeftestad

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  • Upcoming assignment

    No information
  • Employment status

    Employed on a short-term contract
  • Available Anytime
  • Career Level

  • Citizenships and Permanent Residences

    • Norway
  • Total Years of Experience

    25 years
  • Languages

    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Norwegian