HCL is an international development consultancy carrying out technical assistance projects in communities across the developing world.
HCL strives to go beyond project boundaries and approaches each project with vision and innovation.
We recognise the need to bridge the divide between time-bound donor-funded, expert-led development projects and the need for durable, sustainable structures in the developing countries they are aimed at. With that in mind, HCL is interested in creating opportunities for the Private Sector to invest in projects which add value to Donor funded activities and combine funding from Governments and International Financing Institutions.
The HCL Group consists of HCL Consultants Ltd, HCL Management Limited and Pescares s.r.l. The Group as a whole covers a wide range of development consultancy activities carried out mainly on behalf of the principal Donors and International Financing Institutions (e.g. EU, EIB, EBRD, GIZ, World Bank).Read more
HCL Consultants Limited, the Holding Company for the HCL Group, was registered in Cyprus in 2003. Apart from its function as the Group Holding Company, HCL Consultants is primarily responsible for implementing consulting activities in a wide range of sectors across multiple countries and regions in the developing world. The Company is currently a partner in a number of large technical assistance projects as well as a significant number of Framework Contracts for various Donors and IFIs.
The key sectors for the large projects cover energy, water and wastewater, and regional and local development. As concerns the framework contract these cover rural development, education, employment, public finance management as well as infrastructure sectors.
HCL Management Limited provides assistance to HCL Consultants and Pescares in terms of overall project management/coordination and provision of logistical support to their project implementation activities. The Company is based in Athens, Greece.
PESCARES Italia s.r.l. is an international development consultancy based in Milan (Italy) that was established in 1997 and is part of HCL Group since 2007.
PESCARES specialises on the environment and natural resource management and is associated with leading experts who have worked throughout the world for numerous public sector organisations, including major international funding agencies such as the European Commission, the World Bank, , the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.PESCARES is particularly active in the following areas:
- Environment and Natural Resource Management
- Climate Change and Climate Adaptation
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Sustainable Tourism
- We remain grounded in reality
- We create results driven by process with process-influenced goals
- A human-centred approach is at our core
- We use strategy as a dynamic tool
COLLABORATION - “One hand cannot clap” (old Sudanese proverb)
- Starts in-house: we value staff input and encourage initiative
- We concentrate on strategic and inclusive partnerships
- We are prompted by a shared vision and principles
- We view communication as the glue that holds it all together
- We are quality-driven
- We put our efficiency to good use
- We value a practice-based approach over theory
- We deploy our diverse team to meet diverse needs
Board of Directors
Technical Director, Senior Partner
Administrative Director, Senior Partner
Operations Director, Junior Partner
Meet the Team
Senior Project Manager & Event Coordinator
I once had a fight with a Baboon in Zambia… and I won! Favorite Quote: “Everything’s gonna be alright”
STEF Project Coordinator & Project Manager
I was certain I was going to become a basketball player in my younger years and only gave up on my dreams because of ‘my bad ankles’. Favorite Quote: “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.”
Assistant Project Manager
I want to make memories all over the world; that’s the reason why I try to travel as much as possible, with the most memorable one a backpacking trip across Vietnam, with the most ridiculously low budget and alarmingly high fever, but days filled with joy nevertheless. Favorite Quote: “There’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish if you set your mind to it.”
Head of Communications & Business Development Department
I am Greek, but I don’t eat feta cheese. Actually, I can’t stand the sight of it. I have been bullied over this since I was a kid! Favorite Quote: “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it”
Head of FWCs & PMU Department
Out of office for me means you can find me at the beach. Favorite Quote: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars."
I was a competitive swimmer in the past but now can only exercise by measuring wastewater flows in the River Nile! Favorite Quote: "Heads-up!"
Assistant Project Manager
I was a triple jumper for more than 8 years; I once fell (hard!) while competing in a national championship, got up, continued my tries, and managed a new Personal Best. Favorite Quote: "You’ll never know unless you try."
Dr. George Kyriakarakos
Senior Energy Consultant
Travelling is an important part of my life. Each new country visited is a testament of how little you know about the world and is the best means of gaining a better perspective of the world in which we live. So, travel hard, travel far! Favorite Quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Senior Project Manager
My dream of becoming a professional dancer will never fade away and I still hope to dance flamenco on stage with Sara Baras one day!
Favorite Quote: "First I drink the coffee. Then I do the things."
Graphic Production Manager
My first piece of “abstract” artwork was created at the age of 4 when, not particularly liking the color of a freshly painted wall in my family’s living room, I grabbed a purple pen and improved the wall without any second thoughts! Favorite Quote: “Make it happen, and make it happen in Style.”
HR and Accounting Manager
I have been a keen volleyball player since my primary school days. So keen that when I broke my leg playing, and had to wear a cast for three months, I continued playing and ended up twisting the ankle of the other leg as well. Favorite Quote: “Be yourself”
Senior Project Manager
I am an avid swimmer; at 12 years old I was a national champion and I have kept it up, swimming on a daily basis up until 3 days before I gave birth! I hopes my daughter will follow in my footsteps. Favorite Quote: “Per se!”
Accounting and Finance Manager
I have always loved photography and have attended a couple of seminars. I never come back from a trip without hundreds of photos every time. My camera is always in my bag and not a day goes by without taking pictures. Favorite Quote: “Always look on the bright side of life”
Communication Consultant and Senior Project Manager
Was vegetarian for 12 years, before moving to Greece and sampling whole lamb on the spit. Favorite Quote: “Never say never”
After two assignments and one MSc thesis on reducing the consumption of plastic bags, I am well known among my friends as the reusable bag advocate. Now I receive selfies from my friends holding reusable bags that make me feel that I've made a change. Favorite Quote: “Stay positive, work hard and make it happen!”
Avid book reader, bacon eater and coffee drinker. I was also the singer in a rock band. No, really. I was. Favorite Quote: “Oh, look. It’s coffee o’clock”.
Financial and Accounting Manager
She had no idea she would fly to Τogo over a weekend for urgent business reasons…well, adventures are welcome! Favorite Quote: “Perspective is everything.”
Senior Environmental Consultant
He joined HCL in 2014 as an evaluator for the EU’s LIFE projects for Nature and Biodiversity for DG ENV, and is currently involved as Environmental/Climate Change/Biodiversity expert in the following projects: i) Facility for Regional Policy Dialogue on Integrated Maritime Policy / Climate Change-EC/DG NEAR, ii) Service Contract to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) –EC/DG MARE and iii) Climate and Environmental MRV System and Screening Toolkit for EIB
Who said that there is no life on the top of the mountains.
Favorite Quote: “Ala cascarla”
Business Development Manager
I never miss a chance to travel, drink coffee and dance. Favorite Quote: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!”
I was a good table tennis player when younger and have the Mark V rubbers from the former World Champion (1991), Jörgen Persson, on his last racket.
Favorite Quote: “Up the Villa!”
Dr. Kostas Souflis
Bringing people from different cultures closer together. Favorite Quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”