Our Team

The following profiles are a non-exhaustive list of the in-house staff members at DEVELOPMENT Solutions.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Mr Philip Bartley is a UK national and engineering graduate with an MBA qualification from the China European International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, Mr Bartley has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, project management and government relations at an international level. He has proven credentials in team leadership and the regional coordination of sustainable development and investment projects in China and Asia, for both international agencies and private sector companies. He is experienced in the analysis and synthesis of data to support strategic investments and manufacturing in China and Asia. He has applied his experience in technical, operational and financial management to public and private sector programmes at the international level. As a founding Director of DEVELOPMENT Solutions, Mr Bartley has planned and coordinated many of its international development programmes.
Contact Mr Philip Bartley at philip@development-solutions.eu


Mary GUO

SENIOR RESEARCHER – Ms Mary Guo is a member of the senior management team at DEVELOPMENT Solutions’ Beijing office. Ms Guo is responsible for strategic and financial planning for the company and her role includes supporting the development of government and private sector relations through her extensive contacts in Chinese ministries and major Chinese local firms across a range of sustainability areas. Ms Guo has extensive experience in strategic business development for technical assistance projects across the company’s four divisions and leads an operations team providing key support to all aspects of the company’s operations. Ms Guo has a central role in the successful implementation of high-level large-scale training seminars across the Asian region and Europe and leads project visibility of our China-based programmes through her extensive network of press contacts in China.
Contact Ms Mary Guo at mary@development-solutions.eu


PROJECT MANAGER – Ms Hemmings joined the DS Beijing office in 2014 as a Project Manager and has more than five years of experience in international project management. Ms Hemmings now heads the DS Brussels office in Belgium and is responsible for the management and delivery of EC projects under the international trade and economy division, among others. Activities she has managed at DS include reports, international workshops, conferences and trainings in Latin America, Europe and East Asia. Ms Hemmings is a native English speaker with working knowledge of Mandarin. She holds an MSc. degree in China Studies from the London School of Economics.
Contact Ms Emily Hemmings at emily.hemmings@development-solutions.eu


PROJECT MANAGER – Mr Jansen joined the DS Beijing office in 2014 after his traineeship with the Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia. Currently, Mr Jansen is working on projects covering the trade & economy and business facilitation fields in East Asia and South Asia. Mr Jansen is a Public Administration graduate from Leiden University. He is experienced in the management of EC projects, in particular international event management in both the EU and third countries.
Contact Mr Jansen at jesper.jansen@development-solutions.eu


PROJECT MANAGER – Ms Castiñeira joined the Beijing DS office in 2015, taking a leading role in the Tastes of Europe campaign, a project funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. This campaign aims to promote EU food and beverage products in third countries through series of promotional activities and business facilitation schemes. As Project Manager, she oversees and provides strategic insight on the planning of high-level business missions, mainly in Latin America and Asia. Ms Castiñeira holds a Master´s Degree in International Relations from Peking University in China and a Bachelor Degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish, English and Chinese.
Contact Ms Belén Castiñeira De Anta at belen@development-solutions.eu


PROJECT MANAGER – Mr Stoopman joined DS in 2017. He is currently a project manager for the China IPR SME Helpdesk and based in Brussels. Jim holds a MSc in Politics of China from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. He furthermore studied at Tsinghua University, National Taiwan University and Maastricht University where his main courses focused on International Relations, Chinese Politics and conflict resolution. Prior to joining DEVELOPMENT Solutions Jim has been working as a Programme Coordinator at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels, and worked as a trainee in the Asia Pacific Department of the European External Action Service.
Contact Mr Jim Stoopman at jim.stoopman@development-solutions.eu


PROJECT MANAGER – Mr Brohman manages the Energy and Environment Division at DS, and is responsible for the delivery of projects in the field of climate and energy policy, among others. With over two years’ experience working at DS, he plays an integral role in supporting the implementation of a range of on-going EU-funded projects for DG CLIMA, DG TRADE, DG CONNECT, and DG NEAR.  He has managed the delivery of high-profile trainings and workshops in China, Europe and abroad. Mr Brohman is a Canadian national, having graduated from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He speaks native-level English and is competent in Mandarin.
Contact Mr Jay Brohman at j.brohman@development-solutions.eu