Bio (Lee Sentes)
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Lee Sentes has been working with or alongside non-profit organizations in a variety of countries since 1997. He has undertaken research into the feasibility of alternative energy products in Madagascar and Sri Lanka, as well as the impact of changes to development aid funding in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Sentes has also completed independent research which examined opinions of sub-contractors who deliver the Employment Program of British Columbia. Sentes has a keen interest in how organizations are structured and how social purpose organizations could be best designed and fit for purpose. He has been contracted to design monitoring and evaluation regimes for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in Aotearoa/New Zealand, as well as to perform evaluations on organizations such as the Commonwealth of Learning.
Sentes operates Development Action, an organizational development consultancy in Victoria, which first opened in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2010, and provides a range of services including planning, monitoring, evaluation and governance. Sentes also co-owns and sits on the board of a local co-working space called The Dock, coordinates a philanthropic service called Doing Good For Nothing and is involved in a variety of other non-profit ventures including Net2 and BCspeaks. Additionally, Sentes teaches an operational data management course for the UNHCR.
Sentes holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Hons) from the University of Waterloo (1996) and a Masters in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia (2003). His other credentials include: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate from the Canadian Cooperative for Language and Cultural Studies (1995); a Certificate in Environmental Assessment from the University of Waterloo (1996); a Certificate Level 1 – 4 Geographic Information Systems from Wilfred Laurier University (1998) and Associate Environmental Auditor Training, JPD Training Ltd., IEMA, United Kingdom (2003).