praxi5 was created in 2015 as a responsive, goal-oriented service provider that allows like-minded, socially conscious consultants, whether as praxi5 partners/owners or sub-consultants, to meaningfully collaborate on delivering consultancies in the sustainable development, environmental conservation, tourism and agriculture fields; and to undertake strategic planning, evaluation and survey administration assignments. The firm takes pride in its unique collective approach to working closely as a team with clients so that final consultancy deliverables meet expected technical requirements and are highly usable and actionable.
A major strength of our firm is that our praxi5 partners/owners and associated sub-consultants have diverse and multi-disciplinary academic backgrounds and applied experience. Partners in particular, each holds a Master’s Degree in the development field and have over twenty (20) years of practical expertise in various sectors. We have first-hand experience developing tourism destination development plans, protected area management plans, carrying capacity studies, project operation manuals, strategic and operational plans, culturally appropriate stakeholder participation plans, social safeguards, gender assessments, and monitoring and evaluation systems. The firm has also conducted consultancies targeting urban and rural communities and groups to improve living conditions through capacity development, empowerment, and social infrastructure.
In addition to technical knowledge and skills, the praxi5 team also brings a contextual understanding of Belizean society and the various social, economic, and ecological factors that affect Belize’s development. We also have excellent communication skills and a genuine commitment to teamwork and Belize’s overall development.
In its seven years of existence, praxi5 has engaged in a wide variety of development projects for numerous clients. These clients include the Belize Social Investment Fund, Belize Rural Development Programme, Belize Rural Finance Programme, Ministry of Human Development, RESTORE Belize, the Belize Audubon Society, Southern Environmental Association, Programme for Belize, Friends for Conservation and Development, Environmental Defense Fund, Oak Foundation, Protected Areas Conservation Trust, the Belize Tourism Board, Belize Electricity Limited, the Ministry of Tourism, among many others.
The praxi5 Team currently includes three Senior Technical Consultants here to guide you today:
Project Management Specialist/Managing Partner
Miguel Usher is a development consultant and project manager with extensive project management experience after working more than 15 years in successfully managing projects from both the donor and grantee perspective. He holds an M.B.A. with concentration in Sustainable Development from Galen University and a B.B.A. from the University of Belize. His interests are in community development and socioeconomic strategy and planning.
He was previously Programme Assistant for the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SFP) where he had the opportunity to interact with communities throughout Belize and assisted in facilitating public participation in all aspect of project development and execution. During this time, his skills in resolving conflict, financial management, and project management were greatly enhanced.
Miguel later managed several development projects that sought to address poverty through the increased access to financial services. He continues to be involved in development project management.
Through his work as a consultant, Miguel has engaged in assignments that supports development through capacity building and market research for enhanced service and products’ provision. Miguel currently is a Senior Technical Consultant with praxi5 Advisory Group Ltd. Over the years, he has worked with and undertaken consultancy assignments for development agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Natural Resources Policy and Management Specialist
Osmany Salas holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan, USA. He served as the Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society from 1997-2001 and as Chief Forest Officer for the Government of Belize from 2004-2005.
Osmany has over 30 years of experience in management and leadership of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), strategic planning for natural resource management agencies, project management and evaluation, proposal writing and fundraising, natural resources policy development, business planning for NGOs and community-based organizations, and management planning for protected areas and tourism destinations.
Osmany led teams that prepared the Belize National Forest Policy and updated the Belize National Protected Areas System Plan. He has conducted project evaluations and institutional assessments for statutory agencies, national and international NGOs, and international funding agencies. He also participated in an assessment of capacity building needs for nine Belizean organizations for the Oak Foundation. Osmany has also prepared strategic plans for various non-governmental organizations in Belize, as well as business and financial plans for a number of NGOs and protected areas.
Other relevant work has included the preparation of management plans for several national parks and protected areas in Belize, including destination development plans for emerging tourism destinations in Belize.
Organizational Development, Measurement & Evaluation and Human Resources Management Specialist
Shaun Finnetty is a development and management consultant and scholar-practitioner headquartered in Belize, Central America. Overall, he has twenty-five years of diverse professional experience working with public, private and non-profit clients in cognate areas such as human capital development, sustainable development policy, civil society, tourism planning, citizen security, marketing and small enterprise management. He also has significant technical expertise in key trans-disciplines including performance management, organizational development, foresight analysis, strategic planning, performance measurement and evaluation.
Shaun possesses a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with Merit from the University of Leicester’s School of Management (United Kingdom); a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo-Laurier Graduate School of Geography and Environmental Studies) in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Geography and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from University of Victoria’s (Canada) School of Public Administration. He is presently a doctoral candidate in the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice (DPRP) at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath (United Kingdom).
Shaun has worked with and undertaken consultancy assignments for development agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and government ministries and agencies in Belize such as the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Social Investment Fund (SIF), Belize Trade and Investment Services (BELTRAIDE), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT).
Address: P.O. Box #475 Belmopan, Belize
Telephone: (501) 671-6609
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