Their mission is to provide innovative solutions to the world's infrastructure challenges with passion and analytical rigor.
Castalia was founded in 1980 by Roland Leroy, and built around innovative thinking on the organisation of public services. Castalia pioneered public private partnerships in infrastructure around the world. The firm drew on French models such as lease and concession contracts, and adapted them to work in diverse circumstances in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Since 1980, the company has grown in staff numbers, international coverage, and areas of work. Led by Chief Executive, David Ehrhardt, and Executive Director, Alex Sundakov, Castalia now has over 40 professional staff and has offices in Washington DC, USA; New York, USA; Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; and Bogota, Colombia.
The approach to every assignment is unique. But they have some simple rules which they have found contribute to success:
Agree and document the objectives of the assignment at the start
Develop a range of options, in consultation with the client
Help the client to assess options and the objectives, and make a decision
Agree an implementation plan
Ensure accountability for implementation, that the necessary resources are provided, and that there is a structure for dealing with implementation issues as they arise.
They know it is easy to list values on a website. They hope that when you work with us, you will see that they live up to their values. For us, the most important things are:
Integrity—They treat their clients and each other with respect. They are honest, and say what they mean. They encourage open debate, and if they think someone is making a mistake, they say so, tactfully. They do not play political games. Once a decision is made, they are committed to following through
Intelligence—They are thoughtful. They understand the value of experience, but they also question traditional approaches, looking for better, smarter ways to do things. They need to understand and be able to justify the way things are done – the answer ‘they've always done it that way’ is not enough
Quality—They always do the best they can. If their best is not outstanding, they find ways to improve
Results—They are not interested in analysis for its own sake. Satisfaction comes when their intelligence and experience can be applied to achieve practical results.
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